Tyson Fury has denied that he is a homophobe and claimed that he is “uniting the world” as controversy continues to circle the recently crowned world heavyweight champion.
The Morecambe giant has come under increasing scrutiny for comments he has made since he upset long-time champion Wladimir Klitschko in Germany on November 28.
The 27-year-old’s place on the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year Award short-list has also been questioned but Fury has remained defiant throughout, claiming he is misunderstood, and in an interview with Sky Sports News on Thursday he launched another impassioned defence of his views.
Asked directly if he was a homophobe, he said: “No, definitely not. I wouldn’t be a very good Christian if I hated anybody, would I? If Jesus loves the world, I love the world.
“I can actually say that I have no hate for anybody. I haven’t any enemies, I don’t hate any race, colour, creed, generation, nobody.”
Fury, a devout follower of the Bible, believes his words have been twisted in the media and said the ethnicity of the team he works with was an example of how he was “uniting Christians and Muslims”.
“My team is one of the most diverse teams amongst religions in the world of boxing,” he said.
“We’ve got Jamaicans in there, we’ve got Pakistanis in there, we’ve got Indians in there; Christians, Muslims, we’re all united. What about that? Why don’t they broadcast that?
“Tyson Fury is uniting the world. Uniting Christians and Muslims in a time when everything is up in the air. We don’t hear about that, do we?
“We don’t hear about the good things that I’m doing - we just hear about the comments that people want to twist and want to make me sound like I hate people and that I hate the world.
“I love all of God’s children. We’re all God’s children.”