Boxing - Haye denies Fury claims but says bout 'would be fun'

David Haye denies a showdown with Tyson Fury is ‘99 per cent done’, but admits he would be up for the all-British heavyweight fight.

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Fury recently claimed that a bout with former WBA champion Haye really was that close to being sealed, adding that the only thing which could scupper it would be if ‘The Hayemaker’ backed out.

But the 32-year-old, who has fought just once in two years with a fifth-round stoppage of another Brit last summer in Dereck Chisora, refused to be drawn into Fury’s now-trademark mind games.

He did, however, acknowledge Fury’s discussions with Haye’s manager and trainer Adam Booth at the recent Hennessy Sports event in Bluewater, and admitted he would happily battle the unbeaten prospect.

 “For everyone asking if I’m fighting Fury, I currently have no agreement, or contract in place,” Haye said via his Twitter account. “But a fight later in the year would be fun.

“I read that Fury thinks a fight with me and himself is “99 per cent done” HAHA. At best I’d say there’s light discussions that are moving slowly.”

With Haye – who saw a June 29 comeback bout against Manuel Charr fall through due to a hand injury – now aligned with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing stable, such a contest would likely receive heavy promotion and be held at a prime location in either London or Manchester, if it were to happen.

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