Tyson Fury SPOTY nomination delights Frank Warren as he talks up chances of win

Frank Warren hopes Tyson Fury is crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year because it would be great for boxing.

WBC heavyweight champion is on the shortlist five years on from when he was controversially omitted following his win over Wladimir Klitschko.

“I’m absolutely delighted for him,” Fury's promoter Warren said.

“To even be nominated for Sports Personality of the Year, firstly you have to be an outstanding athlete – and he is the best in the boxing business.

“And then you have to have a personality and he certainly has that and I am sure he will get a big public vote.

“Winning it would be great for boxing and it would be great for him, especially after they snubbed him five years ago.”

Sports Personality of the Year will take place on 20 December at Media City, Salford.

England cricketer Ben Stokes was crowned the winner of last year’s award.

Of the nominations this year, though, one surprise exclusion is Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford, despite his remarkable charity work throughout the year.

Rashford will be honoured for his work to raise awareness of child food poverty in the UK at this month’s event though.

The nominees in full are Stuart Broad (Cricket), Hollie Doyle (Horse Racing), Tyson Fury (Boxing), Lewis Hamilton (Formula 1), Jordan Henderson (Football) and Ronnie O’Sullivan (Snooker).

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