Manchester’s Tyson Fury goads David Haye after highly-anticipated boxing battle rescheduled for new year

By Richard O’Meara

Manchester’s Tyson Fury has continued to goad the wounded David Haye with a war of words after their ‘Battle of Britain’ was postponed and rescheduled for February 8.

The two heavyweights were set to clash in a highly anticipated bout this Friday; however, a cut to Haye meant that the fight was called off.

With a new date set the verbal battle has recommenced with Fury striking the first blow and Haye hitting back.

“I’m so glad to have this fight rescheduled,” the 25-year-old Fury said.

“He (Haye) is getting sorted out – I already didn’t like Mr Z list celebrity, Queen of the Jungle – but actions speak louder than words don’t they.”

While Haye also spoke of his relief that the fight was back on the Fury camp were sceptical.

The Manchester man’s trainer and uncle Peter Fury told the Daily Mail: “We are accepting February 8 but we’re not convinced they won’t cry it off again.”

Fury’s camp, ever untrusting of the Haymaker, are wary that his postponement may have been a ploy to see who comes out the victor in the WBA title-clash between Wladimir Klitschko and Alexandre Povetkin.

After reports of talks between the Haye and Povetkin camps there are concerns Haye could instead go after the title if the underdog manages to pull off the upset against Klitschko on October 5. This would leave Fury without a fight, and without his first lucrative Sky Sports purse.

Haye fired back – asserting that his injury was genuine and more than valid reason to postpone so close to the fight.

“George Foreman sparred and got cut eight days before his Rumble in the Jungle with Muhammad Ali causing a six-week postponement,” he rebuffed.

 “If it was good enough for him, it’s certainly good enough for little old me.”

“My fans will still get the chance to see what they all wanted to see this weekend – they’ll get to see Tyson Fury sparked out in a spectacular fashion,” Haye said.

David Haye vs. Tyson Fury is now set to take place on February 8th 2014 at the Manchester Phones4u Arena, the fight is available on Sky Box Office.

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