David Haye takes a swipe at Tyson Fury's kickboxing hopes
Last Updated: 13/09/13 9:56am
David Haye has mocked Tyson Fury's claim that he will pursue a kickboxing bout just one month after their boxing showdown on September 28.
Haye will battle his bitter rival live on Sky Sports Box Office in front of a packed Manchester Arena, but Fury has already made plans for a kickboxing contest in October, regardless of whether he wins or loses this month.
Having learnt Karate as a youngster, Haye is also handy with his feet, but the Londoner insists his fists will be enough to dish out a first defeat to Fury.
"If it was allowed, I'd let Tyson use his head, shoulders, knees and toes against me on September 28," said Haye. "He'll need all of those sharp edges just to make the fight competitive.
"I've actually done a bit of kicking in my time - and started out doing karate at a young age - so I'm not too shabby in that department, either.
"But, in a fight, I wouldn't need to use kicks to get the better of Fury. I'll kick his backside from pillar to post, and that's about it. And, to do that, all I'll need is my left and right fists. Then, after I've finished with him, he can start looking at other career options."
Fury has suggested he will not shy away from any challenge and also expressed a desire to face UFC fighter Cain Velasquez.
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But Haye has laughed off Fury's hopes of succeeding in mixed martial arts and urged him to focus on their blockbuster bout.
"Fury's a wacky guy and a proper fighting man, so he probably thinks he can conquer the world right now," said Haye.
"He has said it himself: 'He's the greatest fighter to ever live'. At first I just assumed he meant in the field of boxing, but perhaps Fury genuinely believes he can jump into other sports and do the business there too.
"I've already heard him call out UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez - another heavyweight who'd smash Fury to pieces - and maybe he can also slip that mismatch into his schedule once I've knocked him out in September and he's been head-kicked to the floor in October. The UFC champion can wrestle him to the ground and complete a humiliating hat-trick.
"I give credit to any man taking a risk and competing outside his comfort zone, but first things first, Tyson. How about achieving something worthwhile in the sport of boxing? Because, rather than kickboxing in Romania, one month after our fight you'll be going right back to basics and learning how to properly jab again."
David Haye's heavyweight showdown with Tyson Fury is live on Sky Sports Box Office on Saturday, September 28. Programme begins at 8pm