Fury posted a video on social media saying he was “the people’s champion and I don’t need verification or rewards.”
Standing in front of his championship belts, he added, “I know who I am and what I’ve done in the sport. The love of people is worth more to me than all the rewards in the world.
“So to all my supporters, please don’t vote on this. Take me off the list. All my love, Tyson Fury, the king of the gypsies. ”
The heavyweight champion beat undefeated Deontay Wilder in astonishing fashion in February, and is one of six people on a list that includes F1 champion Lewis Hamilton and great snooker Ronnie O’Sullivan.
Fury reclaimed the world title after struggling with his mental health, including depression and drug use which he said pushed him to the brink of suicide.
Hi it’s Tyson Fury the king of the gypsies, this is a message for the @bbcsport and there one-time reward, please remove me from your list as I am the people’s champion and I don’t need verification or rewards. I know who I am and what I have done in sport. I love people … pic.twitter.com/iwNYblTZG4
– TYSON FURY (@Tyson_Fury) December 2, 2020
His previous shortlist appearance in 2015 sparked controversy, with more than 100,000 people signing a petition to have him fired over sexist and homophobic comments.
He finished fourth and took advantage of his time on stage to apologize to anyone hurt by his comments, which he said were often “a bit ironic”.
This year’s award winner is chosen by public vote during a special live program on December 20.
Bookies still see the 32-year-old as a good bet – he’s the second favorite along with O’Sullivan, according to PaddyPower.
Lewis Hamilton, who this year tied Michael Schumacher’s total of seven world titles, is the favorite.
The big F1 won the award for the first time in 2014, but this year has won its fourth consecutive championship.