The BBC is refusing to remove Tyson Fury from the nominees for the Sports Person of the Year 2020 award.

The Gypsy King is on a list of six people who took home the following award His stunning KO victory over Deontay Wilder in February.


Tyson Fury begged fans not to vote for him in SPOTY 2020Credit: Instagram @ gypsyking101

It saw him crowned the WBC World Heavyweight Champion as well as handing him over Wilder His first defeat.

But Fury released a clip on private media after his candidacy asking to be removed from the list.

But the BBC rejected the Gypsy king’s request.

A BBC spokesperson said: “The shortlist is determined by an independent panel of experts that selects the competitors on the basis of their sporting achievement in a given year.

On this basis, Tyson Fury will remain on the SPOTY 2020 list.

“As always, the winner will be decided by public voting during the live show, and it is of course up to Tyson if he chooses to participate in the show.”

Fury is on the list alongside the likes of Lewis Hamilton – who recently won his seventh Formula 1 title.

But despite his astonishing story, Fury demanded that the BBC remove him because he had no “need to verify or receive awards”.

Tyson Fury sent Deontay Wilder to his first-ever defeat in February


Tyson Fury sent Deontay Wilder to his first-ever defeat in FebruaryCredit: Reuters

In the video message on social media, standing in front of his WBC belt, Fury said, “Hey, this is Tyson Fury, the Gypsy King.

Here is a message to the BBC on the Spotify Prize: Please take me off your list.

“I am the hero of the people and I don’t need verification or any prizes.

“I know who I am and what I did in sports.

“People’s love is more valuable to me than all the awards in the world.

So to all of you: Please don’t vote on this.

Take me off the list.

“All my love, Tyson Fury, the king of Jesby.”

Cricketers Stuart Broad, soccer player Jordan Henderson, snooker star Ronnie O’Sullivan and jockey Holly Doyle are the other sports stars on the run.

England superstar Ben Stokes won the Sports Personality of the Year award for 2019 after winning the Cricket World Cup