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World heavyweight boxing champion Tyson Fury says he has no chance of adding the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award to his title belts.
Fury was joined on the 12-strong shortlist by the likes of heptathlon world champion Jessica Ennis-Hill and Davis Cup talisman Andy Murray. But forthright views make Fury a divisive figure, and while he says he would love the recognition, the 27-year-old has already dismissed the prospect.
Fury commented: "I will never win Sports Personality of the Year, so there's no point in me thinking about it. They won't let me win it. I'm too controversial and outspoken!"
Speaking to BBC 5 Live, he added: "I've just become the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world. I don't think I can topple that, can I?
"I suppose it's a very good thing to be nominated for Sports Personality Of The Year. There's been a lot of great sportspeople who have won it in the past. For me to be put in line for it, it's a great honour.
"If I do win it, then it'll be an epic Christmas for the Fury family. Not only will I be undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, but I'll also be BBC Sports Personality of the Year. What a way to finish the year, with a bang."
The BBC has announced the short list for its 2013 Sports Personality of the Year award.
Ben Ainslie: Helped Team USA come from behind to win the America's Cup sailing competition
Ian Bell: Scored three centuries as England beat Australia in the summer's Ashes
Hannah Cockroft: Won T34 100m and 200m titles at the IPC Athletics World Championships
Mo Farah: Won 5,000m and 10,000m world titles in Moscow
Chris Froome: Won the Tour de France cycling title
AP McCoy: Jockey won his 4,000th career race
Leigh Halfpenny: Named player of the series for the Lions in Australia and Six Nations play of the year as Wales retained the title
Andy Murray: Ended Britain's 77-year wait for a men's singles champion at Wimbledon
Christine Ohuruogo: Won 400m world title in Moscow
Justin Rose: Became first British winner of golf's US Open for 43 years
Lord Sebastian Coe will receive the Lifetime Achievement award at tonight's BBC Sports Personality of the Year event.
The award recognises his career as an athlete and his contribution to sport in the UK, including the role he played in the success of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, the BBC said in a press release.
Lord Coe became chairman of the board for the London 2012 bid team in 2004 and was pivotal in transforming the city's campaign to host the Games, it said.
His final speech that secured London as the hosts focused on the need to engage young people in sport to create a new generation of champions.
He is also remembered as one of Britain's greatest athletes, becoming a double Olympic champion and 12-time world record-holder.
He won gold in the 1500m and silver in the 800m at both the Moscow 1980 and Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games.
He retired from athletics in 1990.
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