Tyson Fury has denied allegations of homophobia, insisting he had been “misquoted” by people trying to sell newspapers.
Fury stunned the boxing world last Saturday by beating Wladimir Klitschko via unanimous decision to win the WBA Super, IBF,WBO, IBO world heavyweight titles.
While he has received praise for his performance in the ring against Klitschko – who had been undefeated since 2004 – Fury remains a controversial public figure.
The 27-year-old has been accused of homophobia after he was quoted in an article in The Daily Mail as grouping homosexuality and abortion as being two of three “evils” alongside paedophilia.
However, speaking to RTE, Fury said: “It’s newspapers trying to sell papers on writing bad things about me. I don’t have any hate for anybody.
“I’m not homophobic, I’m not racist. I’m not against any people. All I have for people is love. At the end of the day, we’re all brothers and sisters in God. What people do is none of my business.”
Briton Fury – who has Irish heritage – is unsure who his next opponent will be but indicated he would like to fight in Ireland one day.
He added: “I don’t know if he [Klitschko] is going to take the rematch or not. There is a contract to say he is entitled to a rematch. I don’t know where it is going to be.
“I always said that there’s a couple of venues in the world that I wanted to box in. One of the was Madison Square Garden and I did that one. One of them was Old Trafford and I haven’t done that one. And the other one is Croke Park. They are the three venues I wanted to box in.
“I wasn’t really interested in Las Vegas and all of them places. The three I always said was Croke Park, [Manchester] United and Madison Square Garden.”