Tyson Fury has launched another scathing attack on David Haye and reiterated his vow to deny the Londoner a world title shot.
Former WBA world heavyweight champion Haye (27-2-KO25) made his comeback after over three years of inactivity on January 16 when he blasted out Mark de Mori in the first round – but Fury wasn’t exactly an interested spectator.
Twice the pair had been due to meet before Haye’s lengthy absence and twice the former cruiserweight king pulled out with injury, leaving WBA Super and WBO world heavyweight champion Fury adamant he’ll never sign up for a third time.
When asked about Haye’s return, Fury told Sky Sports: “I didn’t see it, to be honest. I heard he was fighting a no-hoper. I was in New York city building a big fight while he was fighting some bum in London. He fought a bum but what can you expect after three years out?
“I’ve made it quite clear, after what he did to me twice I’ll never give him the fight. I’ll never give him a pay day so people can try and build it and do what they want to do.
“He’s trying to get money from me. I’m not prepared to give it to him. Just like he wasn’t prepared to give me any money, I’m not prepared to give him any money.
“He is a bum and he’s going nowhere. He has had his shot and he’s only a cruiserweight anyway. It’s great to be in this position. It’s like a freezing cold beer straight out of the fridge – that’s what it feels like.
“If he was mandatory for the WBA belt, I’d chuck it in the bin, because what does it really mean anyway? Let him fight someone else for it. I’m not interested in his name, his reputation or anything. As far as I’m concerned, he’s not even in my division.
“No matter who he beats or who he knocks out, I’ll never fight him. I don’t care if they offer me £100m. It’s about principles. I trained hard for two fights with him and he retired rather than fight. Now let him make some money off his own back.”
Next up for Fury is a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko, whose 11-year reign as the divisional kingpin he ended with November’s points victory in Dusseldorf.