Tyson Fury: I'll never win BBC Sports Personality of the Year

British boxing sensation Tyson Fury. Credit: PA

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."