London: World heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has taunted his rivals for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award by claiming he has more character than all of them put together.

Tyson Fury and Lewis Hamilton
Tyson Fury and Lewis Hamilton

Fury was controversially nominated for the BBC's flagship sport award, and an online petition set up by LGBT campaigner Scott Cuthbertson has already collected more than 50,000 signatures demanding that he is removed from the list over his outspoken comments about homosexuality.

Fury, insists he would be the only worthy winner even if he has little interest in the award.

Better personality
He also took a thinly-veiled swipe at Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton and Davis Cup winner Andy Murray. In a YouTube video for IFL TV, Fury said: "I can honestly say I'm not really interested in winning BBC Sports Personality of the Year. I know for a million per cent I've got more personality in the end of my little finger than the whole of the nomination group put together.

"What personality does it take to drive a car around a track 100 times or hit a ball back and forth. That's not very personality is it?"