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BBC refuses to televise Tyson Fury fights

by | 9th, December 2015

BOLTON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30: Tyson Fury speaks at a press conference at the Macron Stadium on November 30, 2015 in Bolton, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)

 

The headline is, of course, bunkum. The BBC has not refused to televise Tyson Fury fights because the State broadcaster shows no meaningful boxing, just as it transmits no live Premier League football or club rugby, The Open golf tournament, fishing and international cricket.

What the BBC will do, however, is dream up a boring televised AGM awards do, call it get this BBC Sports Personality of the Year Awards, and then agonise over the inclusion of any sportsman or woman who refuses to let only their feet or fists do the talking.

And so it is that Tyson Fury, the world heavyweight boxing champion, finds his position as a State TV-endorsed personality under threat because he said a woman “belongs in the kitchen” and “on her back”.  Fury also considers homosexuality a crime against the Christian God he wears on his sleeve. For his sins, Fury is being investigated by  Britain’s thought police .

Fury is clearly a bigot. Anyone who hears him talk and finds themselves nodding is most likely punch drunk or pitifully but not criminally thick.

But he is a more than decent boxer. Beating Wladimir Klitschko to become world heavyweight champion was admirable. He out-boxed his opponent. He did not out-opinion him. He didn’t have to. The debating society is not so rough. A decent right hook can secure you a top job in the Labour Party, but that mob are desperate and flailing.

Neither was the fight a battle of morals. You like Mohammed Ali, the boxer voted BBC Overseas Sports

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