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David Haye mocks Fury's kickboxing ambition

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Haye takes on Fury in Manchester on September 28. (©GettyImages)
Haye takes on Fury in Manchester on September 28. (©GettyImages).

David Haye has taunted Tyson Fury for planning a kickboxing fight for just a month after their big showdown on September 28th.

The two will clash at the Manchester Arena later this month, with the fight being broadcasted live on Sky Sports Box Office.

Haye, who is keen to get a chance to fight one of the Klitschko brothers, has revealed that he fists will be enough to take down the 6ft 9in undefeated Fury, who has thus far been brimming with confidence of his own.

"If it was allowed, I'd let Tyson use his head, shoulders, knees and toes against me on September 28," said Haye. 

"He'll need all of those sharp edges just to make the fight competitive.

"I've actually done a bit of kicking in my time - and started out doing karate at a young age - so I'm not too shabby in that department, either.

"But, in a fight, I wouldn't need to use kicks to get the better of Fury. I'll kick his backside from pillar to post, and that's about it. And, to do that, all I'll need is my left and right fists. Then, after I've finished with him, he can start looking at other career options."

Haye has continued to mock Fury, insisting that he should concentrate on their high-profile fight, rather than making plans for succeeding in mixed martial arts.

"Fury's a wacky guy and a proper fighting man, so he probably thinks he can conquer the world right now," said Haye.

"He has said it himself: 'He's the greatest fighter to ever live'. At first I just assumed he meant in the field of boxing, but perhaps Fury genuinely believes he can jump into other sports and do the business there too.

"I've already heard him call out UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez - another heavyweight who'd smash Fury to pieces - and maybe he can also slip that mismatch into his schedule once I've knocked him out in September and he's been head-kicked to the floor in October. The UFC champion can wrestle him to the ground and complete a humiliating hat-trick.

"I give credit to any man taking a risk and competing outside his comfort zone, but first things first, Tyson. How about achieving something worthwhile in the sport of boxing? Because, rather than kickboxing in Romania, one month after our fight you'll be going right back to basics and learning how to properly jab again."

Fury remains adamant that he can cross-over from boxing and compete in other fighting sports, having already challenged the UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez to a bout in the future. 

‘I’m not only a boxer but a fighting man by birth and instinct. I’m also an amazing athlete for such a big man. Very mobile. Light on my feet. Agile. Flexible. I could be a success at any kind of physical combat.

‘I meant it when I challenged Cain Velazquez (the UFC champion) and I hope that will take place, too, although he knows that would have to be an agreed form of upright fighting, without the wrestling on the floor.’

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