Disgraced former WBO heavyweight champion Tyson Fury attacked British boxer David Haye on social media and called him "David Gay". Fury, who was stripped of his world titles after failing a drug test, took to Twitter and said that Haye is finally out of the closet.

The duo have some unsettled history as they were scheduled to face-off twice – first in September 2013 and then in February 2014 – only for Haye to have pulled out on both occasions due to injury. Haye is returning to the ring after a hiatus of almost three-and-a-half years and will face WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew in March 2017.

The Londoner recently clashed with Bellew in what was a heated press conference to announce the Sky pay-per-view event, leading to Haye punching the latter.

Unimpressed, Fury posted a series of tweets and the first read: "I see David Gay talking s**t again! He talks about boxing history but has no clue what he is talking about, proper s**t house, Bellew 2 ko em."

He followed it up with another tweet and said: "To be quite frank, heavyweight boxing is s**t ATM, so called killers fighting bums who we don't know & old men fighting for titles."

Fury did not stop there and tweeted a third time. "I wasn't having a go at David Gay I'm complementing him, on knowing f***all about boxing and being out of the closet. Well done Dave," he wrote.

The 28-year-old has attracted criticism in the past as well over his controversial stance on homosexuality where he compared it to paedophilia and said that both – homosexuality and paedophilia – should be made illegal along with abortion.

Although Fury refuted claims that he was homophobic, his comments offended a vast number of people, with over 51,000 signing a petition to drop him from the BBC Sports Personality of the Year shortlist.