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Tyson Fury challenges supporters of 'racism' to sparring session

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Former world heavyweight champion Tyson Fury has taken to social media to issue a sparring challenge to anyone who "thinks racism is acceptable."

Earlier in the week, Fury, 29, reacted angrily to claims from Cambridge's Milton parish councillor David Burch that local play equipment would need to be "thoroughly" cleaned because travellers "do not normally have their children vaccinated."

Fury, who is from a traveller background, said via Instagram: "I suppose you could call this a call-out video. I challenge any man in the world to come down and spar with me if he thinks racism is acceptable on any level.

"I stand up and say 'no' to racism in any form and of any kind. It's unacceptable behaviour. How are we supposed to be civilised human beings in the 21st century when we can't even say 'no' to racism?

"I as an individual, as a gypsy king, as a former undisputed heavyweight champion, as an unbeaten British citizen, say 'no' to any form of racism. If you've got a problem with that, contact me for a sparring session at any time, at any place.

"God bless everybody. Say 'no' to racism."

The former heavyweight world champion, who has reportedly begun training for a comeback scheduled for early 2018, also added fire to his ongoing feud with Anthony Joshua by tweeting an open letter to Wladimir Klitschko.

Fury, who relieved the Ukrainian of the WBA Super, IBF and WBO world titles with a shock points victory in Dusseldorf in 2015, vowed to defeat Joshua, 28, in similar fashion. 

"Wladimir I don't get why you're so bitter about your loss to the Gypsy King," Fury wrote. "[You're] Always banging on about your loss to AJ [Joshua] and how great he is, at the end of they day you lost to AJ by TKO in what was a 50-50 fight right until the end.

"In our fight you couldn't land any punches and I made you miss and really played games in there.

"But yet you say AJ is better, I know you won't admit the truth to the world but in your mind you know the truth and so does Vitali," he added.

'I wouldn't expect anything more from you guys, but deep down you know what happened in there and by the way I'm going to deal with your little brother AJ in the same fashion as I dealt with you, play with the b---."

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