Dillian Whyte has told returning domestic rival David Haye to forget about skipping the queue for a world title shot.
Former WBA heavyweight champion Haye launches his comeback against Mark de Mori on Saturday, ending a three-and-a-half year absence from the sport.
But Whyte, who was stopped by Anthony Joshua in the seventh round of December’s spectacular British title clash, insists Haye cannot expect to be fast-tracked to the top.
The Brixton fighter, who is currently recovering from shoulder surgery, told Sky Sports:
“The main reason Haye is back is money and he probably feels he still has a few things he wants to achieve. He has wasted the last three years of his career doing whatever he was doing.
“Only he alone can answer if he can return to the top but I believe David has learned a lot from Adam Booth on the business side. That’s why he picked De Mori. This guy can’t beat Haye, even if Haye didn’t train for a year.
“This fight is a showcase for Haye. If it goes three rounds, I’ll be surprised. Haye will bash him up and then try and talk up the Anthony Joshua fight because he knows there’s money in it. He’ll try and talk up the fight with Tyson Fury too.
“I hope Fury never fights him. Haye pulled out of fighting him twice so I hope Fury never fights him and never gives him the pay day. I know David, he’s a cool guy. Facts is facts, that’s all. I’d have been so annoyed if I’d done two training camps and they pulled out at the last minute.
“If Haye wants a shot at Fury, he has got to earn his way and climb the ranks. He can’t just be out of boxing for three and a half years, come back and jump the queue in front of guys like us who’ve been working hard for three and a half years.
“No, it’s not right. It’s exactly what he’ll try and do, beat up De Mori and get back in. It’s not fair.”
Haye last fought in July 2012 when he stopped Dereck Chisora, who is another fighter calling for a clash with British and Commonwealth champion Joshua.