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Sports personality contender Tyson Fury makes derogatory comments about women

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New world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has appeared in an online video in which he says Olympian Jessica Ennis-Hill "slaps up good".

In the YouTube footage, the 27-year-old also gives his views on women in general and says "a woman's best place is in the kitchen and on her back, that's my personal belief".

Fury also gave his opinion on women in sport, in which he spoke about the ring girls who "give me inspiration, when I'm tired and I see them wiggling around with their round two, round eight (cards)".

Fury beat Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf on Saturday night to secure the WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight belts.

He has courted controversy in the past and was criticised for airing his views on homosexuality in the lead up to his title shot. Further criticism is expected following his most recent comments.

The footage has a publication date of November 25.

When asked his opinion on women in boxing, Fury focused on the ring girls rather than athletes.

"I think they are very nice when they're walking around that ring holding them cards," he said.

"I like them actually, the give me inspiration, when I'm tired and I see them wiggling around with their round two, round eight...I think women in boxing is very good."

When pushed further on women actually boxing, Fury claimed he is "not a sexist".

"It's up to everybody what they want to do," he said.

"I'm all for it I'm not a sexist. I believe if a man can to go work all his life a woman can. Who am I to say 'don't do that cos you're a girl'?

"But I believe a woman's best place is in the kitchen and on her back, that's my personal belief. Making me a good cup of tea, that's what I believe."

Fury immediately laughed off the comment but is also asked about British heptathlete Ennis-Hill during the hour-long interview.

"That's the runner isn't it?" he replied.

"I think she's good, she's won quite a few medals for Britain, she slaps up good as well, when she's got a dress on she looks quite fit."

After winning in Germany, Fury was installed as one of the favourites to win this year's BBC Sports Personality of the Year award but an online petition had already collected more than 40,000 signatures demanding he is removed from the shortlist.

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