David Haye and Tyson Fury are two fighters who have never found themselves at a loss for words, and now matched up with one another for a September 28 fight on Sky Box Office, it appears each man has met his verbal match. Luckily, the trash talk has stayed relatively civil thus far, though they are just one press conference in.
Haye (26-2, 24 KO) says that he's simply "marking time" by fighting Fury as he waits on another chance to face one of the Klitschko brothers:
"It doesn't look like the Klitschkos are willing to come to the table any time soon, so instead of sitting around I thought why not get in the ring, go through training camp and keep myself ticking over," he told Sky Sports.
"It's a 'marking time' fight to keep me active, keep the fans happy. He's really delusional and everybody wants to see this guy get knocked spark out. Who better to do that than myself?"
... "Just watch a clip of Tyson Fury. The guy is a lunatic, he's rough and ready and dirty in the ring and he's predicting a violent knockout. Obviously I have a different opinion but it's going to be a great fight and a huge talking point over the next couple of months."
Fury (21-0, 15 KO) predictably disagrees with Haye's assessment of this fight, and feels he's the one doing David the favor:
"Let's not get things confused here," he told Haye. "You're the dog and I'm chucking you a bone. Before the Tyson Fury fight where were you going to go, who were you going to fight? Nobody.
"I'm giving you a chance. I'm the young up-and-comer, the one on everyone's tongue. You're the one that stinks the place out and blames it on their toe.
"Then you fight him Chisora, who when I beat him was a virgin, when you beat him he was a journeyman. So it's me giving David Haye the bone, not the other way around.
"He has a lot to say, people like to hear what David Haye's got to say. After the fight with me he'll have a lot to say, and a lot of people can laugh at him."
The fight is expected to do big numbers at the Manchester Arena with the live gate, and will probably be the biggest UK fight of 2013, as both Haye and Fury are attention-grabbing star fighters with fan bases, including a lot of people who will pay to see them lose, which is never a bad thing.
It's on and official, and they've got two-and-a-half months to talk this thing up. Expect a lot more notable quotables from both men.