THE row over Monmouth MP David Davies' comments on gay marriage took an unexpected turn this afternoon when he responded to claims he was homophopic by saying he 'once fought a gay boxer'.

The Gwent MP said on his Twitter account:"Once fought gay boxer. Respect & like.trained with after bout so not bigoted. actvists calm down - listen to other views."

He included a link to video of the fight: on YouTube:



Mr Davies had earlier attacked UK Government plans to allow same sex marriages in church, calling them politically "barking mad."

The politician hit out at the plan to hold same sex marriage ceremonies in Welsh and English churches, put forward by prime minister David Cameron.

Davies also said to the BBC: "I think most parents would prefer their children not to be gay" in an interview yesterday morning.

Speaking to BBC Radio Wales, he said: "What is going to happen is that we're going to lose a large number of very loyal activists who've gone out and campaigned for us over the years and who don't like this idea, so politically it's barking mad."