Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Fury fires back at Haye
By Dan Rafael
Heavyweight David Haye will have to wait until Feb. 8 before getting in the ring with Tyson Fury.
When the heavyweight showdown between big-mouth British heavyweights David Haye, a former titleholder, and Tyson Fury, a rising contender, was rescheduled on Tuesday, Haye made the announcement and had a lot to say about his opponent.
None of it was very nice, as usual, not to mention that Haye broke the agreement with the Fury camp that, as a 50-50 promotion, they would mutually agree on what and when information is announced.
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Naturally, Fury (21-0, 15 KOs) wasn't about to let Haye get in the final word, and he blasted back on Wednesday.
"I'm so glad to have this fight rescheduled. In my opinion, he's a classless prima donna, a diva, a no-good wannabe Bollywood actor and I can't wait to put him in his place," Fury said.
The fight was originally scheduled to take place Saturday at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester, England, but it was postponed to Feb. 8 (at the same venue) because Haye suffered a gash over his left eye during his final sparring Friday and required six stitches.
"There's lots of honest and hard-working people in this world, and I believe I'm going to punish and poleax this money-grabbing cry baby for all of them," Fury continued. "He's getting knocked spark out. I'm tired of him. He said he was going to knock [heavyweight champion Wladimir] Klitschko out and did nothing. Now he's giving me the same talk. Why do people believe him? He can dish it out, but can't take it.
"Mr. Toemaker, your excuses are boring. You say you're going to 'expose me,' but the difference, Mr. Excusemaker, is that every time I say I'm going to go out and do something, I go out and do it and that's exactly what I was going to do this Saturday and 100 percent going to do on Feb. 8. Nothing has changed. I'm still going to smash your face in, no excuses.”
So I guess we have five months of their bickering to listen to.
Mick Hennessy, Fury's promoter, also had his say: "I've pushed for this fight to be back on and I'm delighted it is as I know this is a fight that Tyson wins in style by way of the big KO. David Haye really needs to step up as a man and make sure he's there on Feb. 8, otherwise he will have zero credibility and will probably have to emigrate by public demand."
This is the second fight since June that Haye (26-2, 24 KOs) has canceled or pulled out of. He was supposed to fight Manuel Charr this past summer but pulled out, claiming a hand injury.