Snooker legend Ronnie O’Sullivan compares himself to Tyson Fury over controversial past

Ronnie O’Sullivan has backed Tyson Fury in his BBC Sports Personality of the Year snub.

The WBC Heavyweight World Champion asked the broadcaster to remove his name from their shortlist after stating that he is “the people’s champion” and had no need for “verification or any awards”.

Despite having his lawyers write to the organisers, he will remain a part of the show with Lewis Hamilton expected to come out on top after his seventh F1 World Championship.

O’Sullivan, who won his sixth World Snooker Championship earlier this year, has compared himself to the heavyweight champ by claiming that he regrets some of his past comments.



Ronnie O'Sullivan is a six-time and reigning snooker world champion
Ronnie O’Sullivan is a six-time and reigning snooker world champion

“I suppose I am a little bit like Tyson, I just say things for a bit of a laugh really,” he told the Mail.

“Sometimes I actually believe it when I’m saying it, that’s the weird thing. That supreme confidence that has been jabbed into me.

Before adding: “But then when you wake up the next morning you think, ‘Cor, could I really compete in the top 50 with one arm and one leg?’ Probably not!

“You probably say certain things where in hindsight you think, ‘Cor, I must have been feeling good when I said that!’”



Tyson Fury has no desire to be named BBC Sports Personality of the Year
Tyson Fury has no desire to be named BBC Sports Personality of the Year

Fury came in for criticism for comments he made regarding abortion and homosexuality when he first became world champion in 2015, but he has since become a figure of inspiration for many following his battle with depression.

He said of his SPOTY nomination: “I know who I am and what I’ve done in the sport.

“I have the love of the people which means more to me than all the awards in the world.



Tyson Fury has been open about his battle with depression
Tyson Fury has been open about his battle with depression

With the BBC saying in response: “The shortlist is decided by an independent expert panel who choose contenders based on their sporting achievement in a given year.

“On this basis Tyson Fury will remain on the list for Spoty 2020.

“As always the winner will be decided by the public voting during the live show and it is of course up to Tyson if he chooses to participate in the show.”



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