Haye: Fury doesn't want fight
David Haye claims his name is being used by Tyson Fury simply as a promotional tool.
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Fury, the 24-year-old British heavyweight whose professional record shows 21 victories and no defeats, has been publicly calling out former WBA champion Haye.
But ahead of his June 29 clash with Manuel Charr at Manchester Arena, Haye has said that Fury's camp, when approached by his own, made it clear they were not interested in making a fight between the pair.
It has led Haye to surmise that in talking up the prospect of a showdown with him, the only goal Fury really had in mind was to boost his own profile.
Asked about the possibility of facing Fury, Haye said: "From listening to what he says publicly, it sounds like it will be happening.
"But then Adam (Booth, Haye's manager and trainer) contacted his people and they don't want the fight. They pretty much said 'no, we're going in another direction'.
"That is fair enough, but if that is the case, maybe he should stop screaming and shouting about how much he wants to fight me.
"But maybe if he didn't do that, he wouldn't get any coverage.
"The only reason he is getting coverage is because he is using my name to make stories and get him column inches. Good luck to him."
As for a potential future clash with either of the Klitschko brothers, Haye (26-2) insists he does "not have a clue" at present about the chances of it happening.
The 32-year-old Londoner - whose last fight was his knockout win over fellow Briton Dereck Chisora in July 2012, a bout he had come out of retirement for, having called it quits after losing his WBA title to Wladimir Klitschko in 2011 - is on a mission to become a world champion once again.
Negotiations with Wladimir, also holder of the WBO and IBF belts, and his older brother Vitali, the WBC king, have shown little sign of progress though, and Haye, hoping to force the issue by fighting his way to the position of mandatory challenger, is putting thoughts of the Ukrainian siblings to one side right now so he can concentrate fully on Charr.
Asked if, as things stood, it looked as if another fight with one of the Klitschkos would eventually come about, Haye said: "I haven't got a clue, genuinely.
"I would love to have an answer for you. But I'm forgetting about them for the time being and just focusing on Manuel Charr.
"Nothing happens if I don't get rid of this guy in good style, so I am just going to make sure training goes great so that I put a real beat down on this fella."