Tyson Fury: David Haye is a stepping stone for me

Tyson Fury in action during his last fight against Steve Cunningham.
Tyson Fury in action during his last fight against Steve Cunningham.

Tyson Fury and David Haye have faced off for the first time ahead of their heavyweight showdown later this year.

The pair’s war of words continued in explosive fashion at a press conference in London on Thursday to officially announce the British superfight at the Manchester Arena on September 28.

Unbeaten Morecambe man Fury laid into the former WBA heavyweight champion of the world, vowing to knock him out.

The 25-year-old, who has 15 stoppage victories in his unblemished 21-fight record, said: “He’s calling me a chump, but I won’t be a chump when I’ve knocked him out.

“You’re a stepping stone, I’m stepping on you.”

Haye then mocked the former British, Commonwealth and Irish heavyweight champion, referring to an incident earlier in the 6ft 9 giant’s career when he accidently punched himself in the face.

The 32-year-old said: “The more he speaks, the quicker the fight is going to be.

“This guy’s got such a lack of co-ordination. He used to hit himself but at least he’s actually hit his opponents a few times now.”

Fury then refused to go face-to-face with Haye for the cameras, joking he was scared of the the former world champion.

The fight will be promoted by Hayemaker Boxing and Hennessy Sports.

Prior to the press conference it was confirmed the fight would be shown on Sky Sports Box Office.

Tickets for the fight also went on sale on Thursday, priced from £38.50 to £835 for a ringside seat.