Thursday 22 August 2019

Tyson Fury: 'I will fight my cousin before David Haye'

Tyson Fury celebrates after beating Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf to claim the world heavyweight crown
Tyson Fury celebrates after beating Wladimir Klitschko in Dusseldorf to claim the world heavyweight crown

Phil Barnett

Tyson Fury has promised he will give his unbeaten cousin Hughie a shot at the world heavyweight title rather than fighting old rival David Haye.

Canny Londoner Haye timed his return to boxing with the week of Fury's magnificent victory over long-reigning champion Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday - a move which Fury claims he has seen right through.

Fury, 27, has no plans whatsoever to give Haye a "payday" after the former WBA champion twice pulled out of fights with the self-styled 'Gypsy King' over the last two years.

He told Press Association Sport: "Let me put it this way: I would rather make a voluntary defence, for all those titles, against Hughie Fury, than David Haye.

David Haye
David Haye

"That's saying something, isn't it? Because Hughie is my first cousin.

"But I'd rather give Hughie a shot than David Haye. How's that?"

Fury added: "Hughie would give me a much better fight than Haye, because at least he'd throw some punches back."

Fury returned to the country by car in the early hours of this morning following his history points win over Klitschko in Dusseldorf over the weekend.

At a press conference at Bolton Wanderers' Macron Stadium - where he spent time training for the Klitschko fight - the new world heavyweight champion was greeted by around 40 cameras and up to 100 reporters.

The new WBA, WBO and IBF champion admitted he was sick of talking about boxing after an intense week in Germany.

He did, however, reveal that he was so paranoid about potentially underhand tactics he refused to drink water on fight night unless he had bought it himself, for fear of being drugged.

"I had good information from of good resources not to touch anything in the changing rooms because they might try and drug you," he said.

"Someone tried to pass me water, and unless it was sealed and contained from my own baggage, there was no chance. I went home dehydrated before I even touched anything. I was so frightened of being drug tested and failing the drugs test. I didn't want to take drinks or food from anyone."

He added: "They (the Klitschko team) tried it with the gloves, and gave me the wrong gloves in the end. They weren't the same gloves I agreed. Then they put six inches of memory foam all over the ring and there was a big argument, the fight was nearly off.

"Then he had his bandages and wraps on before we came into the changing room. So he had to take them off."

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