News December 2015

Fury snubbed in New Year’s Honours list Frampton made MBE


By Michael J Jones

WORLD heavyweight champion Tyson Fury continues to be snubbed by all this time humiliatingly being left completely out of the Queen’s New Year’s Honours list despite winning sport’s greatest prize just last month.

Who could have predicted the abuse Fury would receive following the single most defining victory of any British boxer in 2015? Following his historic victory over long-time champion Wladimir Klitschko, Fury has, instead of getting praise, been subjected to a fierce media back-lash resulting from comments made in the build up to his world heavyweight title shot.

Not one to sit on the fence, the newly-crowned champion has paid a reputation-damaging price for comments regarding women and homosexuals with a prolonged media hate campaign and subsequently was left out of the BBC’s Sports Personality of the Year award (eventually coming a lowly fourth).

Now comes the news the controversial champion has been omitted totally from the New Year’s Honours List. Even giving the content of some of Fury’s views it will be yet another bitter pill to swallow for the 25-0 champion. Let’s remember Anthony Joshua was made an MBE for winning an Olympic medal a few years ago.

Poor Fury must at times think his cherished world titles are jinxed with the way he has been treated in the last month and-a-half. Winning the world heavyweight crown should be a life-changing achievement; instead Fury continues to be ignored and/or heavily criticised.

With British sports fans often favouring a good loser over an unfancied victor, it may have done the 27 year old Fury more service to his reputation had he been robbed against Klitschko. For example, nobody here in the UK liked Lennox Lewis until that hugely controversial draw with Holyfield in 1999.

The only boxer mentioned in the Honours List was Belfast’s reigning IBF super-bantamweight champion Carl Frampton who was made an MBE. In 2015, Frampton defended his title twice with victories over Chris Avalos and Alejandro Gonzalez Jr.

The 28 year old is currently in intense training for his February unification bout vs WBA counterpart Scott Quigg.

Also on the list, legendary jockey AP McCoy was deservedly knighted while Carry On actress Barbara Windsor was made a Dame.

Former Manchester Utd Striker Denis Law was made a CBE while Snooker champion Ronnie O’Sullivan was made an OBE.

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