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'Best ever' Fury calls out 'has-been' Haye

ESPN staff
June 27, 2013
Tyson Fury beat Steve Cunningham in April © AP

Tyson Fury has claimed he is the "best heavyweight ever" and has again called out British rival David Haye.

Talk in recent weeks has suggested a massive British heavyweight fight between Haye and Fury was on the cards, but a spanner was thrown in the works at the start of the week when Haye took to Twitter to lambast his British rival.

Fury's uncle and trainer, Peter, hit back at Haye and said they were ready to do a deal at a moment's notice and would fly down to London to put pen-to-paper.

Talks seemingly stalled over a purse split, with unbeaten Fury asking for an 80/20 split against the former heavyweight world champion.

Haye claims a 50/50 split is on the table and Fury has come out on Thursday to say there is room for manoeuvre.

"Me and my team are optimistic about the fight, I hear Haye's team are optimistic," Fury said on Sky Sports News. "So I don't see why this fight should not happen. He wants to fight, I want to fight so it should be done soon enough.

"I did say that (I wanted 80% of the purse), because Haye is a has-been and I am what is in fashion at the moment. What's in fashion needs the lion's share.

"We have a deadline of the end of the month to sign a contract, so if he wants a fight he will sign the contract. If not we will move on, but is it never over until it is over and there is room for negotiation and I am sure we can reach an agreement.

"It is the biggest British heavyweight fight for a long, long time and I am sure it will be as entertaining in the ring as out of the ring.

"There is animosity there as I genuinely don't like the fella. He is arrogant, he thinks he is everything and really he is just a pumped up cruiserweight who has not fought anybody."

And issuing a direct challenge to Haye, Fury said: "David, sign the contract. I am the man to beat, I am the best heavyweight ever. There has never been somebody who can beat me and you are just a pumped up cruiserweight like Steve Cunningham and look what happened to Cunningham: a tow truck could not have picked him up.

"You are not as good a mover as Steve Cunningham, so I will blast you out."

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