• Heavyweight

Haye: Fury's camp are ducking me

ESPN staff
May 5, 2013

David Haye has once again accused Tyson Fury's people of ducking a potential fight, insisting a recent approach was flatly rejected.

Haye was an analyst for ESPN on Saturday's world heavyweight title bout between Wladimir Klitschko and Francesca Pianeta, won by the Ukrainian via sixth-round stoppage.

The Brit was far from impressed with the standard of opposition faced by Klitschko, insisting the champion dragged out the fight to ensure he maximised sponsorship arrangements.

Haye also expressed a desire to fight Klitschko's brother Vitali in the future, a path he intends to begin pursuing when he fights Manuel Charr at the MEN Arena in Manchester on June 29.

However, another potential opponent is Fury, who has been vocal in claiming he could beat Haye if the pair met. Fury has also said on more than one occasion that he would like the bout to be made.

Haye, though, insisted on Saturday that trainer Adam Booth had attempted to make the fight happen, only to be met with resistance from Fury's camp.

"Adam contacted [promoter] Mick Hennessy and proposed the fight. They flat out said 'no'," Haye told ESPN.

"Hopefully he (Fury) keeps winning because he looked pretty shaky in his last fight [against Steve Cunningham]."

Haye had initially addressed the issue on Thursday, saying: "It all sounds fantastic, but Adam contacted his promoter Mick Hennessy to which he was told that he wasn't going to fight me and that he was going in a different direction.

"It's one thing saying it, it's another thing doing it. This is the type of guy who said he wants to fight me for the last few months, and we contacted him and asked 'do you want to do it?' and he said 'yes'. So he flew directly to England and sorted the contract out and that was done.

"Then Adam contacted Tyson's people and they're now going a different route which is fair enough, they don't have to fight me. But if you don't want to fight me or if you're not going to fight me then don't be telling the world you do, because it's bad."

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