Heavyweight contender Hughie Fury believes ex-world title holder David Haye did himself no favours with his behaviour prior to losing out against Tony Bellew in their meeting earlier this year at London’s O2 Arena.
Haye went into battle with former WBC cruiserweight champion Bellew as huge favourite to win against a man coming up in weight but was defeated after suffering a ruptured achilles in the opening few rounds of the fight.
Despite attempting to fight on, Bellew’s pressure – coupled with the injury, were too strong and ‘The Hayemaker’ was pulled out by trainer Shane McGuigan towards the end of the eleventh round.
Fury, who has been linked to facing both boxers previously, was not impressed by Haye’s outspoken nature during the build-up to trading blows with Bellew and congratulated the eventual victor at a chance meeting a few weeks later.
Present at the Manchester Arena as he covered the Anthony Crolla bill on BBC Radio 5 Live with Steve Bunce for commentary duties, Fury bumped into Bellew and revealed his joy for the Evertonian as they exchanged pleasantries.
“I congratulated Tony Bellew on his win against David Haye as it was a big upset – He’s a great lad,” Fury exclusively told World Boxing News.
“I knew he was going to pull it off against David Haye, it was all about getting past the three or four rounds and after that I knew he’d be fine. He dug deep and deserved to win it, in the end”
On Haye’s actions, Fury added: “Haye disgraced himself with what he said in the build up to the fight with all the rubbish he said beforehand.
“You just don’t talk about the fans like that as they pay to watch fights and travel all over. It was very disrespectful and I was glad that Tony pulled it off,” he said.
On May 6 in Auckland, New Zealand, Fury goes up against current top division ruler Joseph Parker and has the opportunity to place himself as a major player at 200 pound plus.
Fights against Bellew or indeed Haye could become a reality for Fury in the future, win or lose against Parker, as the UK continues to enjoy a deep pool of talent in the bustling heavyweight division.
Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95