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Tyson Fury Is Now Calling On Us To 'Repent' By Agreeing With Him On Homosexuality

09/12/2015 15:33 GMT | Updated 09/12/2015 15:59 GMT

Facing a petition calling for his barring from BBC's ‘Sports Personality Of The Year’ award, Tyson Fury has abandoned his ongoing attempts to justify his homophobia and instead called on us to "repent".

Fury, 27, has been stripped of one of his heavyweight titles by refusing to fight the International Boxing Federation's (IBF) challenger. His nomination for the BBC's annual award is marred in controversy for comparing homosexuality to paedophilia.

He has tried to defend this comment, citing a BBC report on links between the gay rights movements and paedophile rights in the 1970s.

As opposition to him grows, Fury has abandoned such impressive rhetoric in favour of saying God is about to come and judge us all.

"The end is near repent your sins," he tweeted, presumably auditioning for the role of a man standing on Oxford Street wearing a sandwich board predicting the end of the world.

"Remember what the bible says!"

The tweet includes an image with text saying: "TAKE MY BELTS SIGN YOUR PETITIONS BUT YOU WILL NEVER THIS AWAY FROM ME"

It includes a picture of him showing him after his victory against Wladimir Klitschko, less than two weeks ago, winning the heavyweight title.

Last night, the IBF confirmed it would "take this away" from him.

He refused to fight its challenger Vyacheslav Glazkov, instead agreeing to a rematch against Klitschko.

He retains two other versions of the heavyweight title, one from the World Boxing Association and another from the World Boxing Organization.

Fury is now also under investigation for hate crime over comments he made on the Victoria Derbyshire show on Tuesday morning.

A Greater Manchester Police spokesperson said: "We received a report of a hate crime following comments made about homosexuality on the Victoria Derbyshire programme.

"As with all allegations of hate crime we are taking the matter extremely seriously and will be attending the victim's address to take a statement in due course."

Fury remains on the shortlist for 'Sports Personality Of The Year' but one BBC man, news presenter Clive Myrie, has made his views known, saying "a dickhead" cannot win for the award.

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