MORECAMBE-based heavyweight sensation Tyson Fury has challenged David Haye to fight him in December.
The 6ft 9in giant took to social media site Twitter to call out the former WBA Heavyweight champion having announced in a YouTube video he will next step in the ring on December 1 in Belfast.
In a direct tweet to Haye he posted: “@mrdavidhaye mr Haye while waiting for vitally y not fight me and try boost your WBC ranking! December 1 is ready?????”
Haye, who on his return to the ring in July defeated Derek Chisora in their much-hyped grudge match, has been looking to set-up a bout with WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko having lost to his brother Wladimir last year.
He replied directly to Fury, saying: “I’ll be chillin on a beach in Jamaica Dec 1. Why don’t you call out @DavidPrice_1 for a winner take all fight. He’ll except 100%.”
However, Fury wasn’t going away quietly.
He, with reference to an injury the former World Cruiserweight Champion claimed to have in his fight against Wladimir in July 2011, tweeted: “Haye needs to fight me so I can retire this bum. He will prob say he has a bad toe on that day!”
The following day he tweeted: “Tyson fury is the best heavyweight in the world and will prove it when haye or adamek or chambers or povetkin or klitchkos get in the ring!”
The 24-year-old, undefeated in 19 professional fights, last fought on July 7 when he stopped New Yorker Vinny Maddalone in five rounds.
His camp have previously talked up a bout with Haye, his trainer, uncle Peter Fury, saying his man was “100 per cent ready” for a possible British heavyweight superfight shortly after Fury’s last victory.
However, given Haye’s focus on Vitali Klitschko, a bout with another top ten ranked heavyweight looks more likely for the December date in Belfast, with former world title contender Tomasz Adamek amongst the names mentioned.