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Tyson Fury avoids punishment for controversial comments

LONDON -- Tyson Fury was reminded of the responsibilities that come with being world heavyweight champion when he met with British boxing officials this week to discuss remarks he made about gays and abortion that caused a backlash in Britain.

The British Boxing Board of Control did not punish Fury, saying it had been advised that it cannot interfere with his basic human rights because Fury "didn't break the law by exercising his right to freedom of expression."

Fury, who met with the BBBC on Tuesday, was warned that he has "heavy responsibilities ... to avoid making controversial, non-boxing comments" now that he is "holder of the most prestigious title in sport."

"He has assured the stewards that he understands the responsibilities upon him," the BBBC said in a statement, "and has expressed regret that he has caused offense to others, which was never his intention."

Fury made the comments before beating Wladimir Klitschko in a heavyweight title fight on Nov. 28. He repeated them on radio after the fight, and also said a woman's place was in the kitchen.

He will fight Klitschko again this year.