Tyson Fury has sounded off in trademark fashion about the character of David Haye, labelling him a “money grabbing cry baby” after their fight had to be postponed until next year, per Declan Warrington of the Daily Mail.
The pair were supposed to clash this weekend, but a cut above one of Haye’s eyebrows forced the bout back to Feb. 8.
According to the Daily Mail's Jeff Powell, Fury’s camp have stated they are “not convinced Haye won’t cry off again,” believing the cut to have been an easy way out. Now the undefeated fighter has turned up the insults toward his compatriot, per Warrington:
He’s a classless prima donna. A diva, a no good wannabe Bollywood actor and I can’t wait to put him in his place.
There’s lots of honest and hard-working people in this world and I believe I’m going to punish and poleaxe this money-grabbing cry baby for all of them—he’s getting knocked spark out!
He’s 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.
The conspiracy theory behind Haye’s cut relates to the type of training he should have been doing at this stage in his camp. So close to fight night when the incident occurred, it is arguable "The Hayemaker" should have been toning down the intensity of his sessions.
Clearly Fury is using the injury as a way to portray Haye as weak—happy to take an easy route out of a fight for which thousands of spectators had already bought tickets.
However, on the surface there would seem no reason for Haye to duck a fight he is strongly favoured to win.
Sky Bet lists him as a 2-7 favourite, per Oddschecker, and the former world heavyweight champion stood to make a significant sum from pay-per-view revenue.
Fury has already been put down by several opponents in his career and appears to lack the speed or skill of Haye, so it is not surprising he is questioning his heart—one of the few attributes in which Fury may actually be superior to Haye.
Eventually the pair will fight, in February next year, and actions will ultimately speak louder than words. Certainly Fury has only proved himself a master of the latter.