David Haye: Tyson Fury is either deluded or has a screw loose!

Former two-weight king David Haye has accused forthcoming opponent Tyson Fury of gratuitous self-promotion as the two prepare to lock horns at the Phones 4U Arena in Manchester in two weeks’ time.

The 32 year-old, who last fought in 2012 when knocking out Dereck Chisora in five rounds, is hoping to make moves towards another world title shot and has to deal with unbeaten Fury in order to close in on a possible clash with a Klitschko brother.

As the ‘Hayemaker’ continues his final preparations at his Vauxhall gym, the Londoner has poked fun as Fury’s suggestion that he is already up there with the greats – without having fully proven himself in the ring.

“You know, he’s made such big claims, he genuinely said with a straight face that he is the best boxer that has ever lived and that will ever live!” Haye told Sky Sports News.

“Anybody who believes that, particularly anyone who hasn’t actually fought anyone and has been knocked down in his last couple of fights, is either deluded or they’ve actually got a screw loose!”

Fury, 25, took out two-time cruiserweight world champion Steve Cunningham in April on his US debut and will hope to make his big breakthrough in the top division by becoming only the third man to defeat Haye in his professional career.

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