Andy Murray wins BBC Sports Personality of 2015
- Bang Showbiz
- 21 December 2015
Andy Murray walked away with the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award last night after beating Kevin Sinfield and heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill to the top-spot
Andy Murray was crowned 2015's BBC Sports Personality of the Year in Belfast, Northern Ireland, last night (20.12.15).
The 28-year-old tennis champion was voted the winner for the second time in three years following his impressive Davis Cup triumph and his second place world ranking.
After collecting his prize from Irish boxing legend Barry McGuigan at the SSE Arena, Andy told the packed-out audience: "Thank you very much. I didn't expect this.
"A friend sent me a message the other day with an article saying: 'Andy Murray is duller than a weekend in Worthing,' which I thought was a bit harsh - on Worthing.
"Congratulations to everyone who was involved tonight. This has been a five-year journey - we were down in the bottom level of tennis and now we're number one.
"I dedicate my life to this sport and I work extremely hard every day to make you proud."
The Scottish sportsman, who also won the impressive title in 2013, beat rugby league star Kevin Sinfield, 35, and heptathlete Jessica Ennis-Hill, 29, who came second and third respectively, to the top-spot by around 83,000 votes.
Professional heavyweight boxer Tyson Fury, 27, slumped into fourth position following his recent controversial remarks about women, homosexuality and abortion.
The athlete, who became heavyweight champion last month after he outscored Wladimir Klitschko, used the ceremony to apologise for his outburst after almost 140,000 people signed a petition calling for him to be removed from the BBC Sports Personality of the Year shortlist.
He said: "I've said a lot of stuff in the past and none of it with intentions to hurt anybody. It's all very tongue in cheek, it's all fun and games to me. I'm not a very serious kind of person - it's all very happy-go-lucky with Tyson Fury."