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Tyson Fury's Views On Women And Katie Taylor Are Also Baffling And Pretty Appalling

Tyson Fury's Views On Women And Katie Taylor Are Also Baffling And Pretty Appalling
By Donny Mahoney
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Look, we'll be the first to admit there's a steep learning curve when it comes to Tyson Fury. For ourselves and for many other media organisations, Tyson Fury was more or less only known for his Batman stunt a few months ago. In grappling with his provocative opinions, it's difficult to know if he's being deliberately mischievous or utterly vile.

Take his views on women, which he was happy to share towards the end of the strange and fascinating hour-long video interview he did last week ahead of the Klitschko fight - the same interview he threatened to have his goons break Olly Holt's jaw.

It was, I suppose, what we now call vintage Fury.

It's hard not view his comments as completely sexist:

"I think they're very nice [women] when they're walking around that ring holding them cards. I like them. They give me inspirtaion when I'm tired when I see a good sort walking, wiggling about with their Round 8, Round 10, Round 12 [cards]. ...So I think women in boxing is very good.


Yet, as Fury makes clear with a glint in his eye, he is not sexist.

I'm not a sexist, you see. I believe a man can go to work all his life and a woman can go to work all her life. If you're not good enough, you won't make it anyway. Who am I to say don't do that because you're a girl?But I believe a woman's best place is in a kitchen or on her back, that's just my personal beliefs ... [or] making me a good cup of tea.

These opinions will have reminded many of the opinions that fellow boxer Billie Joe Saunders expressed about women this year.

Asked about Ronda Rousey, Fury says she is "pretty hot" and then goes on to vaguely discuss her abilities as a fighter. He talks about Jessica Ennis-Hill's abilities as an athlete and how she looks in a dress.

Yet amazingly, when asked about Katie Taylor, Fury is extremely respectful and deferential. He says nothing of Taylor's physical appearance and only praises her abilities as a boxer.


"I think she's got to be the best pound for pound women's fighter that's ever been. I want to see Katie Taylor and Holly Holm in the ring.

We're happy to see Fury respects Taylor. Everything else he says about women in this clip: not so much.

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