Tyson Fury compares himself to Muhammad Ali in 2015
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Tyson Fury’s father John has branded David Haye an ‘idiot’ after the retired boxer reaffirmed his desire to challenge the Gypsy King. Fury Jnr knocked out Deontay Wilder in their Las Vegas contest in the early hours of Sunday morning to retain his WBC heavyweight crown.
Haye was due to fight Fury in 2013 and 2014 but was forced to pull out with injury problems, meaning the duo never entered the ring together.
The former unified Cruiserweight World Champion and WBA Heavyweight Champion has hung up his gloves on two occasions but returned victorious in an exhibition fight against Joe Fournier in August.
Haye, who appeared on I’m a Celebrity in 2012, currently works as a pundit for BT Sport and was ringside in Las Vegas for Fury’s victory.
“I’m not even gonna discuss that,” Fury Snr hissed when asked about Haye on talkSPORT on Monday morning.
“That man’s an idiot. I don’t know why BT send him out there – he’s just a hater.
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“He’s a hater, he’s got nothing good to say, he’s not a good pundit. He gets everything wrong and it’s all about David Haye.
“I’m not knocking his achievements – he did a brilliant job as world champion. But he needs to grow up and get a personality.
“I’ve got no respect for that man at all, none.”
“I was one hundred per-cent serious,” Haye told iFL TV when asked about his desire to take on Fury.
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“I said the only person I would put my body through a comeback for would be the number one heavyweight on the planet.
“There is no reason why I would punish myself and do what I need to do to put myself in a position to give myself any type of chance, unless it’s for the big one.
“And it does not get any bigger than that – I’d be a thousand-to-one underdog for good reason.
“Hopefully when Team Fury crunch the numbers, something is going to happen in the next two months where they’re going to be looking for an opponent.
“I know how big-time boxing works, and when he works out what money is generated, with a Haymaker fight versus any of the other options, although they may be on paper more respectable, he knows it’s out there.
“In the back of my mind, if it doesn’t happen in the next year, then it might happen in 10 years’ time.”
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