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Tyson Fury Faces Potential Punishment for Expletive-Strewn Twitter Comments

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 11: British heavyweight boxer  Tyson Fury speaks during a press conference to announce his upcoming title fight against David Haye on July 11, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistOctober 10, 2013

Tyson Fury is facing an investigation from the British Boxing Board of Control after a tirade of expletive-strewn and homophobic comments were posted on his Twitter feed.

As reported by BBC Sport, the BBBofC's general secretary, Robert Smith, is looking into a series of messages aimed at David Haye, Lennox Lewis and Wladimir Klitschko: "We're not very happy about it. We'll deal with it in our normal way," he said.

Homophobic tweets toward Lewis have recently been removed, but Fury’s Twitter feed is still crammed full of offensive taunts at three individuals the 25-year-old is clearly looking to provoke.

Fury's latest outburst appears to have been in reaction to comments Lewis made about the boxer who has won all 21 on his professional fights, 15 by knockout.

As reported by Gareth A Davis of The Telegraph, Lewis refuted claims the duo could meet in the ring by saying he would pummel Fury with an early victory:

"Why would you want me right now? I’m an old man and you know what, even if I did put on my gloves right now, I’d probably knock him out inside a round."

Not wanting to miss his opportunity for a public slanging match, Fury responded angrily on Twitter (the following tweets are NSFW):

Fury's rotten mouth then turned to David Haye, who recently postponed the much-anticipated fight with his British rival after sustaining a deep cut to the head in training. The clash has since been rescheduled for Feb. 8, 2014, per The Guardian.

Fury's jibes once again aimed to infuriate his next opponent (again, tweets NSFW):

Sticking to his usual self-assured ways, Haye responded sarcastically and with the kind of wit British boxing fans have come to expect:

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 11:  British heavyweight boxers Tyson Fury (C) and David Haye (2nd L) attend a press conference to announce their upcoming title fight, on July 11, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)
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While Haye's comments remain light-hearted and full of jest, Fury's abuse goes beyond the realm of posturing. As Smith suggests, the cocky fighter continues to undermine the efforts of a sport that is built around mutual respect, per BBC Sport's report:

Tyson has been called before the Board before for making inappropriate comments and fined.

I just can't understand how anyone would want to say anything like that at all - it's very disappointing. I don't think it does the human race any favours.

With four months to go before Fury meets Haye in the ring, boxing followers should get used to seeing the former create unnecessary headlines. Fury's record speaks for itself, but recent wins over Steve Cunningham and Kevin Johnson are not enough to frighten competitors of Haye's quality.

If Fury seriously wants to face Klitschko—or indeed, Lewis—he needs a career-defining win to promote his name on a global scale.

As proven by UFC heavyweight star Cain Velasquez's inability to pinpoint Fury as a fighter, per Martin Domin of the Daily Mail, Fury remains an unproven quantity to many outside Britain.

Should he wish to maintain a career at the top, and stop risking the BBBofC's wrath, Fury must dismiss the power of his mouth and focus on the strength in his hands.

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