Tyson Fury: BBC will hear from my lawyers if they nominate me for SPOTY

Tyson Fury has told the BBC to expect to hear from his lawyers should they decide to nominate him for SPOTY...

Tyson Fury will take legal action against the BBC if he is named on the shortlist for this year's Sports Personality of the Year award.

The WBC heavyweight world champion has been nominated for the prize on two occassions, including last year for his victory over Deontay Wilder in their 2020 rematch.

The other time was in 2015 after outpointing Wladimir Klitschko - a fighter who had not been beaten in more than 11 years - to become the WBA, IBF, WBO, IBO and Ring Magazine titleholder.

Fury would finish in fourth place but it was more remembered for the protests to have him removed because of homophobic and sexist comments he made during a time when his mental health was at an all-time low.

The 33-year-old has insisted should he be added to this year's SPOTY - following another win over Wilder - then the Beeb will be hearing from his lawyers.

Speaking with the Telegraph, Fury said: "It means nothing to me and I don't need it or want it.

"In fact, they will hear from my solicitors if they do put me on the list. Give it to someone who needs it. I don't."

"We know who the sports personality of the year is anyway - it's me," he continued. "I am the sports personality. Who does what I do, goes through a war in Las Vegas, entertains the fans, and then sings to the audience?"

Raducanu favourite to win

Emma Raducanu with US Open trophy

The BBC are set to announce their shortlist for the award next week and teen superstar Emma Raducanu is an odds-on favourite to win, according to Planet Sport Bet.

Lewis Hamilton is second at 9/1 ahead of his upcoming title decider against Max Verstappen in Abu Dhabi.

The pair are level on points going into the finale although Hamilton appears to be the driver in form after winning three successive Grand Prix races.

If the Briton can claim the world championship then he will become an eight-time winner, surpassing Michael Schumacher who is currently tied with Hamilton on seven.

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