David Haye has blasted Tyson Fury, saying that the heavyweight contender is wrongly overconfident.
The two British boxing giants will meet at the MEN Arena on September 28, and both of them are convinced that the fight will be finished within the distance.
Haye's most recent verbal assault centres around the notion that his unbeaten opponent is suffering from a serious bout of overconfidence, and that Fury is wrong to merely see him as a pumped-up cruiserweight (Haye was the undisputed cruiserweight champion before he moved up to the heavyweight division).
Fury has gone on record suggesting that David Haye will suffer a similar fate to his last former-cruiserweight victim, Steve Cunningham, but Haye has rubbished these claims.
"He seems to think that just because two people are of similar stature that they are the same type of fighter but he's way wrong there," said Haye.
"I've been a heavyweight for many years now- Cunningham had just dipped his toe into the heavyweight division. He'd had only one heavyweight fight prior to that- and lost it- so his resume coming into the heavyweight division wasn't great."
The 32-year-old Bermondsey-born pugilist is convinced that Fury's jibes are merely an attempt to absorb much-needed confidence heading into the domestic clash.
"He needs confidence. He needs to make those comparisons. It's false confidence, but it is confidence all the same. He can't go out there and be realistic- Cunningham is one of the weakest punching heavyweights ever.
"I'd say he is the weakest punching cruiserweight champion of all time with a 39 percent knockout rate. That's a very, very low rate for a big guy. And I've got the highest knockout rate. I'd think to try and put us both in the same category is foolish but he's a bit of a fool- so he'll probably make those comparisons."
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