David Hay’s feud with Tyson Fury, being a vegetarian and some of the worst things he ever said in boxing

David Hay is one of the most famous boxers of the modern era.

The London-based father, now 41, is a former unified cruiserweight world champion and WBA heavyweight champion who was known for his strength and physical conditioning.

Known as The Haymaker, Millwall fans closed the record-breaking hiatus when he defeated Nikolai Valuev, who was 11 inches and 7 stone (45 kg, 98 lb) heavier than Hay in 2009.

He returned last year after three years in retirement, and perhaps the biggest question on boxing fans’ lips since his victory a few months ago is: Will he ever fight Tyson Fury?

Let’s take a look at what has been said:

Has David Hay ever fought Tyson Fury?

No, they agreed to fight each other twice, but Hay withdrew both times due to injuries.

A cut hi in training ended his 2013 fight and later withdrew from his rescheduled bout in 2014 due to a shoulder injury.

Fury claimed Hay was making excuses because he didn’t want to fight, adding: “I’m totally furious but honestly that’s what I expected. Everyone knows that when he first pulled out.” So I was very skeptical and it confirms to me that he has always been afraid of me and never wanted this fight.”

Hay’s injuries meant he did not fight again until 2016, losing twice to Tony Bellew, fighting limited competition in Marc de Mori and Arnold Gergazz.

Injuries played a significant role in his resignation and he retired.

David Hay’s return in 2021

In September 2021, Hay out-pointed friend and former sparring partner Joe Fournier on the undercard of Evander Holyfield versus Vitor Belfort.

He out-boxed comfortably and claimed a unanimous decision upon his return to the ring in Florida by knocking out Fournier, keeping his opponent more than eight rounds away in the exhibition match.

Fresh Call for David Hay vs Tyson Fury

Following his comeback victory, Hay brilliantly called off a fight with Tyson Fury – even claiming he held Fury back against Fournier for not telling the secret.

Hi said: “There is one fighter for whom I would return to professional boxing. He is Tyson Fury.

“That big fat dodger, I know his kryptonite, I know what he can’t handle.

“He wants a fight? ‘The Haymaker’ will come for you.

“When Tyson Fury really wants a challenge, fans want to see it, fans want to see Tyson Fury face someone who can outsmart him.

He believes that three years of rest and recovery will allow him to seek redemption against Fury after fights that never materialised.

“It’s been on my mind for a long time, since 2013,” Hay said. “The fight didn’t happen, I got hurt.

“I’ve always wanted that fight. I’ve seen him get better and better. His reputation has gotten bigger.

“If I’m going to get back into boxing with a real fight against a particular person? He’s someone I know I can beat.

“I know his style. I know what he does well.

“My features don’t work well for her style. She and her team know this.

“They probably think I’m old so they’ll probably fight.

“I’m looking for the biggest fight out there — and you don’t get any bigger than 6ft 9in in Tyson Fury.

“I’ll only come back for Fury. I don’t want to show him what I have left. I was able to win this fight without showing ‘Heymaker.'”

Haye also believes that Fury may not have worked as hard to face him, as Haymaker hasn’t fought professionally in more than three years.

Hi said, “There’s no reason I got any chance on paper.” “But what I have is that every single person thinks I don’t stand a chance.

“How hard would Tyson Fury have worked to fight me? Knowing how washed-out I am and exhausted. Tyson Fury’s way on paper is better than me.”

“I think one’s psychology is that they can totally overpower you and they don’t understand that what you bring to the table gives you a power.”

brawl outside the ring

David Hay has regularly made comments that are close to the bone, at best, over the years — especially in the lead up to a fight when the extra publicity is needed.

Here are some of his comments outside the ring that made headlines:

On Tyson Fury: “If it were allowed, I would have let Tyson use his head, shoulders, knees and toes… I’ve already heard him call UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez… Maybe even that mismatch.” can slip into my schedule once I knocked him out in September and he was kicked to the floor in October.”

On Tony Bellew: “I’m going to stick your f*****g head in.”

Also on Tony Bellew: “I’ve never had a fight in which I wanted to dig into someone’s skull like this. Normally you want someone out but I really want to do some harm to this guy.”

On fans at the Liverpool press conference: “You are all f*** retards.”

On Eddie Hearn: “I’ve been out of big, big fights for a while and while I’ve been away I’ve seen it become the Eddie Hearn Show. It gives me a chance to shut my mouth. You [Bellew] I had a lot of demands, Eddie Hearn’s only demand was that his name be first on the posters. i don’t remember his father [Barry] Putting his head into the camera like he does. They should promote their fighters and not themselves. After I take this man out [Bellew] I will throw Joshua out and shut down your business.”

On Nikolai Valuev: “He’s the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen. I’ve seen Lord of the Rings and movies with weird looking people, but to a human what he looks like is pretty shocking. Valuev looks like a bogeyman. Kids try to remove his mask when he does trick-or-treating on Halloween.”

Valuev on the fight: “Between training sessions, I often watch DVDs of King Kong, Godzilla or Frankenstein, just to keep my mind working and to remind myself of the magnitude of the challenge.

Hi On Trash Talking: “Everything I’ve said in the past has obviously been pretty close to the bone and it’s grabbed headlines. It feels like I don’t really need to do that.”

Hi, on T-shirt depicting the beheaded heads of the Klitschko brothers: “I only had one heavyweight fight when I did this, I was just the cruiserweight champion, needed to cause some controversy. And it happened. It was big news all over the world. I’ve got the T-shirt on now. I will frame them one day.”

David Hay and Vegetarianism

Hay became a vegetarian in 2014 after watching a documentary that showed how farm animals were treated.

“I saw a TV documentary about how animals are farmed, killed and prepared for us to eat. I saw all those cows and pigs and realized I could no longer be a part of it. was terrible.”

He also believed the plant-based diet was positive for athletic recovery, but said he gets his protein from quinoa, brown rice and yellow peas by developing his own plant-based protein powders.

“It started when I was injured and researching the best diets for healing muscles. All the roads kept going back to a plant-based diet — and when you treat animals in a terrible way, So that makes it easier to switch.”

He is also quoted as saying: “People say, ‘Where do you get your strength from?’

“I say, where does a monkey get its strength from? It is 20 times stronger than a human and doesn’t have a meat-based diet. They eat plants throughout the day. It’s a myth that for strength You need meat.”

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She finished third behind EastEnders actress Charlie Brooks, who formerly won and finished runner-up, Ashley Roberts of the Pussycat Dolls.