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Tyson Fury has defended his recent comments and says he's not homophobic

Tyson Fury has defended his character by insisting he has no hate for anyone following his remarks on homosexuality and women.

In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports News HQ, the world heavyweight champion rejected he was homophobic or sexist.

Fury said: "I wouldn't be a very good Christian if I hated anybody. If Jesus loves the world, I love the world.

"I can actually say I haven't got any hate for anybody. I have no enemies. I don't hate any race, colour, creed, generation, nobody.

"I'm not a 'yes man' for nobody. If I say something I will back it up 100 per cent. If I was a homophobe I would say it straight. If I was a sexist, I'd say that straight.

"I'm not a homophobe. I'm not a sexist. I'm not a bigot. I'm not a racist. I'm a gypsy. I've [suffered racism] towards me for the last 27 years and you don't hear me complaining about it. I don't have anything to hide."

The British Boxing Board of Control announced on Thursday that Fury had been asked to attend a meeting in the new year in relation to his recent comments in the media.

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Manchester Police have been investigating a hate crime allegation following homophobic comments made by Fury in an interview before his win over Wladimir Klitschko with The Mail on Sunday.

Fury called the police action a "waste of taxpayers' money" and added: "If anybody should be investigated for being hated, it's me isn't it? I think I'm one of the most hated sportsmen in the world."

His uncle and trainer Peter Fury admitted there should be an apology from his nephew for airing his views in public amid controversy over his nomination for Sports Personality of the Year, but said Tyson should remain on the awards shortlist.

Peter Fury said: "He gives his opinions. He's not a robot. There is freedom of speech - we're in 2015. If he's offensive, he needs to explain his actions and move on from there. But he's entitled to his opinion just like everybody else. It's not against the law."

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Speaking with SSNHQ's Vinny O'Connor on Thursday, Tyson said the make-up of his support staff was further evidence of his character.

The 27-year-old added: "My team is one of the most diverse teams in the world of boxing.

"We've got Jamaicans in there, Pakistanis, Indians, Christians, Muslims. We are all united. Why don't they broadcast that - 'Tyson Fury is uniting the world - uniting Christians and Muslims in a time when everything is up in the air'?

"We don't hear about that, do we? We don't hear about the good things I'm doing. We just hear about the comments that people want to twist and try to make it sound like I hate people and I hate the world.

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"I love all of God's children, we are all God's children. No matter what somebody does, it's not up to me to judge them, it's not up to you to judge them. God will judge them."

Less than a fortnight after his victory over Klitschko on November 29, Fury was stripped of his IBF heavyweight title for agreeing to a rematch with the Ukrainian instead of facing mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Glazkov.

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