David Haye touts unlikely Tyson Fury fight as veteran’s ‘experience’ can deliver shock ‘1000/1’ victory

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David Haye touts unlikely Tyson Fury fight as veteran’s ‘experience’ can deliver shock ‘1000/1’ victory
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David Haye has maintained he is ‘100 per cent serious’ about facing Tyson Fury despite going over three years without a professional fight.

At 40, the former heavyweight champion quit the sport following a pair of defeats to rival Tony Bellew, but returned for an exhibition victory over businessman-turned-boxer Joe Fournier earlier this year. Following that fight, he called out current WBC belt-holder Fury.

The ‘Gypsy King’ has since defended his title with a momentous 11th-round knockout of Deontay Wilder. Who he faces next is a big topic of discussion in the sport and Haye has thrown his hat in the ring by promising to bring a bigger audience than the likes of Dillian Whyte.

He told iFL TV: “It’s 100 per cent serious, the only person I would put my body through a comeback for is the No1 heavyweight on the planet.

“There’s no reason why I’d punish myself and do what I’d need to do, to put myself into a position to have any type of chance, if it isn’t for the big one. And it doesn’t get any bigger than that.

“I’d be the 1000/1 underdog, for good reason. Something’s going to happen in the next two months where they’re going to be looking for an opponent.

“I know how big time boxing works. When [Fury] works out what money is generated with a Hayemaker fight versus any of the other options - however more respectable - he knows I’m out there...”

With Anthony Joshua set for a rematch against Oleksandr Usyk, Fury is likely to return to the ring with a fight in the UK next year before any potential unification bout. Frank Warren has told Standard Sport that Cardiff, the Emirates Stadium and Old Trafford are all options.

Haye believes he is the man to not only deliver a hefty purse to the 33-year-old, but to also end his 32-fight unbeaten record.

He added: “There are two fights that didn’t take place that I always wanted; Vitali Klitschko and Tyson Fury. I didn’t realise at the time how important that victory would have been.

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“What someone needs to beat Tyson Fury hasn’t been shown before. He looks about as unbeatable as any heavyweight on the planet, so how do you beat someone who is invincible? Maybe experience can find a way.

“I know something that [critics] don’t and I’ve had three years of having nothing to do with boxing whatsoever - until the opportunity to do this exhibition bout presented itself. By having those years off, it allowed me to see where I’m at and it’s a better place.

“If it’s supposed to happen it’ll happen, if not I’m cool. I’m just saying, there’s going to be a time where they’re going to need an opponent.

“And ideally if you want an opponent, you want an opponent that makes the most money out of all of the fights. So FYI, the Hayemaker is in the gym.”

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