David Haye has criticised fellow British boxer Tyson Fury who last week made a series of homophobic and expletive-strewn comments on his Twitter account.

In a spat with boxing legend Lennox Lewis and current world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, Fury tweeted that they were both “homosexuals” and “100% homosexuals” – although neither boxer is known to be gay.

David Haye is due to fight Fury in Manchester on 8 February. “I’m counting down the days until I’m able to step in the ring and punish Fury for being the complete idiot he is,” Haye told The Sun. “His latest homophobic rant aimed at myself, Lennox Lewis and [Vitali and Wladimir] Klitschko has really taken things too far.”

Last Thursday, the British Boxing Board of Control confirmed it had launched an investigation into Fury’s behaviour.

In March, Fury was fined £3,000 for making homophobic remarks on Twitter; he referred to another boxing pair as being “gay lovers” and said he would take the fine “on the chin”.