The heavyweight champion is among the favourites for the accolade and is expected to be included among the contenders, who will be officially unveiled next week.
He is adamant that he wants no part in the pomp and ceremony, however, and has even declared that the organisation will 'hear from his solicitors' if he is chosen.
It's the second successive year he has taken the stance on being shortlisted.
But his thrilling victory over fierce nemesis Deontay Wilder in their trilogy match in October means he is almost certain to rank among the bookmakers' hottest tips.
'It means nothing to me and I don't need it or want it,' Fury has told The Telegraph.
Tyson Fury threatened legal action if he is included on the Sports Personality of the Year list
Heavyweight champion Fury is among the favourites to win the prize after a sensational year
'In fact, they will hear from my solicitors if they do put me on the list. Give it to someone who needs it. I don't.