Manchester’s Fury, whose fight with Haye was cancelled last month after the Londoner suffered a cut eye in training, was responding to an article in The Telegraph where the 48-year-old Lewis said he would still be able to "knock him out in one round".
Fury’s opening gambit was vanilla enough, Tweeting Lewis with "Lennox u talk utter sh*t! I'd spank u & haye& price all in the same night!"
But for some reason Fury’s tweets spiralled as, without goading, he degenerated into a series of threats, and slurs – some homophobic – against both Lewis and Haye:
"I think the @LennoxLewis &wlad@Klitschko r 100% Homosexuals!!"
"There is so many f****** pricks on hear! All b***job giving c****!! I’d love to see u lot I’d cut your throats u pack of t*******."
Fury deleted the homophobic and throat-cut tweets soon after posting, but comments threatening to “snap (Haye’s) jaw in little bits” and have Lewis “carried out on a stretcher” remained.
The below Tweet is probably the only one we can get away with displaying in full – the rest are fairly scandalous, with Fury clearly aware he had overstepped the mark after deleting some of the more unsavoury ones.
I'm going to snap @mrdavidhaye s jaw in little bits! If he has the arsehole to fight me!
— Tyson Fury (@Tyson_Fury) October 9, 2013
The Pugilist reckons Fury will end up in a spot of bother as his trash-talking clearly stepped over the mark. Whether Lewis accepts his challenge is another question – at 48 he may be twice Fury’s age, but as the last undisputed heavyweight in professional boxing he could well still have the clout to give the Mancunian a run for his money.