David Haye insists he ‘genuinely’ believes he would beat old rival Tyson Fury despite three years out of the ring and says the all-British match-up is the ‘ONLY fight’ that would tempt him out of retirement
- David Haye has added fuel on the possibility of him facing Tyson Fury
- He bullishly claimed he would beat the undefeated heavyweight champion
- Haye said the fact he is a clear underdog makes him more determined to win
David Haye has bullishly claimed he would beat Tyson Fury if the pair ever squared off in the ring despite retiring three years ago – and said it was the only fight big enough to tempt him back into boxing.
Haye has hung up his gloves twice – once after losing his world title to Wladimir Klitschko in 2011, before making a return to face Derek Chisora in 2012. He make another comeback four years later – securing two stoppage wins before he was beaten twice by nemesis Tony Bellew.
The former heavyweight champion called it a day after those two bruising battles, which saw him pick up injuries across both bouts, and he has since been focusing on his promotion company – but teased the possibility of facing Fury after an exhibition fight against Joe Fournier last month.
David Haye is confident he would beat Tyson Fury (R) despite retiring three years ago
Speaking to talkSport, Haye added fuel to the fire and set out his belief that he could shock the world and defeat the Gypsy King – who faces Deontay Wilder for a third time on Saturday night. He stressed that his status as a total underdog only makes him more confident he could spring a surprise.
‘I genuinely, genuinely do,’ he said, when asked if he felt he would emerge victorious. ‘You look at my last two fights. I had an Achilles tendon rupture. I had a bicep rupture. I got battered in the second fight, I haven’t done anything in three years. There’s no reason why, on paper, I’ve got any chance.
‘But what I do have – I’ve got every single person thinking I’ve got no chance.
Haye has already retired twice – but beat Joe Fournier in an exhibition fight last month
‘How hard do you think Fury would train to fight me, knowing how washed up and finished I am?
‘How hard do you think he’s training for this fight now? Three weeks!
‘Fury is way better than me on paper and in reality. I think the psychology of someone thinking they can completely dominate you, and they don’t quite understand what you bring to the table, it gives you power.’
No one expected Haye to contemplate coming out of retirement for a third time due to the comfortable nature of Bellew’s fifth round stoppage over him in 2018, but Haye – who was set to fight Fury in 2013 before it was cancelled due to a cut above his right eye said this fight would be big and lucrative enough to make him want another shot.
‘It’s the only fight that’s big enough, in my mind.
The pair came close to fighting in 2013 before Haye was forced to pull out due to injury
Fury faces Deontay Wilder again this weekend but Haye urged him not to take him lightly
‘The potential accolades and highs of winning that are worth letting him punch me.’
Haye will be hoping Fury makes it past Wilder this weekend to have any chance of setting up a fight against his fellow Brit, but warned the 33-year-old not to take the threat of the Bronze Bomber lightly.
‘Everybody is completely writing off Wilder for this third fight,’ he added. ‘I haven’t spoken to anybody who thinks he has a shot in this fight. I don’t see it that way.
‘I’ve seen Fury not preparing like he did the second time around. Three-week training camp for a fight of this magnitude? Maybe there’s some over-confidence.
‘He is so supremely confident from the second fight, he thinks he can roll into this third fight and it’ll be a home run.’