Tyson Fury's uncle posts homophobic tweet directed at Orlando Cruz

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Saturday night saw Terry Flanagan defend his WBO lightweight title against Orlando Cruz via an eighth round stoppage in Cardiff.

However, after the bout, none of the events in the ring were dominating the headlines - just what was being said out of it.

Cruz is arguably better known for becoming the first professional boxer to come out as being gay while still competing in 2012.

But he failed in his bid to become the first openly gay holder of a world title after Flanagan knocked the Puerto Rican down in the eighth round.

As is the unfortunate nature of Twitter, it didn't take too long for trolls to emerge with some rather unsavoury tweets.

What we weren't expecting, though, was some of those social media posts to come from recognisable figures within boxing, including Tyson Fury's uncle.

Peter Fury, who also trained the former heavyweight champion, has landed himself in hot water with a series of homophobic tweets.

While the fight was going on he tweeted: "Hope Flanagan gets well paid with these close ups lol."

And it got worse once Flanagan had retained his title as Fury added: "That's the difference between real men & half of something else."

Comments like that are hardly likely to improve his nephew's public image.

Tyson has also been accused of homophobia in the past with statements such as: "There are only three things that need to be accomplished before the devil comes home: one of them is homosexuality being legal in countries, one of them is abortion and the other one's paedophilia."

The 28-year-old heavyweight has been suffering from depression and reversed a decision to retire from the sport hours after the initial announcement earlier this year.

There have been no signs to suggest a return to the ring is close, however, his uncle's tweets certainly haven't helped the situation.

Peter Fury wasn't the only one to receive backlash last night as British professional boxer Frankie Gavin also got into trouble for tweeting: "I have nothing against gay people, have gay friends. But if I lost to a gay lad I would get bantered for life by pals so Flanagan has to win."

He later deleted it and apologised but by then the damage had already been done.

David Haye
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