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Tyson Fury is to face the British Boxing Board of Control in the new year following the world heavyweight champion's string of controversial comments.
The 27-year-old's shock win over long-time champion Wladimir Klitschko on November 28 has been overshadowed by recent comments relating to homosexuality and paedophilia.
Fury has remained defiant throughout the ensuing public backlash, including calls for the boxer to be removed from the BBC Sports Personality of the Year Award shortlist, and made another impassioned defence of his polarising views yesterday.
The boxer denied he was a homophobe while also insisting he was "uniting the world", but the BBBofC has confirmed to Press Association Sport that it informed Fury on Wednesday night, following a meeting to discuss the matter, that it wanted to discuss his comments at a date still to be confirmed.
It is not the first time Fury will face the the governing body of British boxing, having been fined ?3,000 and warned about his future conduct in 2013 after describing Liverpool fighters David Price and Tony Bellew as "gay lovers" in an abusive message on Twitter.
But in a further twist to the ongoing saga, Bellew on Thursday strongly defended Fury - during an interview in which the cruiserweight also called for the public execution of paedophiles.
"I think it's disgraceful that people build the guy up to knock him down," Bellew told Press Association Sport.
"He had these same comments 12 months ago. No-one cared. Why is everybody caring now? Because he beat Wladimir Klitschko?
"I don't believe for one moment that Tyson Fury believes homosexuals and paedophiles are the same. I don't believe that for one minute."
He added: "I don't agree with everything that some people say. Tyson as well. But ultimately he's entitled to his opinion.
"I believe all paedophiles should be executed, publicly. Every single one of them. They can't be saved.
"That's what they like to do. Touch little boys and little girls. I believe they should be executed.
"You can stick me in a gas chamber and I'm not going to change those views. I don't care what people think or what people say: he's entitled to his opinion.
"I'm not saying everything he says is right. But what I am saying is he's just beat the heavyweight champion of the world.
"Let him have his time, let him enjoy his moment, because 12 months ago no-one gave a s*** about Tyson Fury."
Fury has claimed he is not interested in winning Sports Personality of the Year, insisting he has ''more personality in the end of my little finger'' than his shortlisted rivals.
He has not ignored the controversy about his candidacy, however, which included comments that heptathlon champion Jessica Ennis-Hill "slaps up good" and "looks quite fit" in a dress, and that "a woman's best place is in the kitchen and on her back".
Fury also said in an interview with Jeremy Vine on BBC Radio 2 this week: " Homosexuality, abortion and paedophilia - them three things need to be accomplished before the world finishes. That's what the Bible tells me."
Greater Manchester Police had been investigating hate crime allegations against the boxer, but later said no charges would be pressed.