British fight fans have finally been granted their wish after David Haye and Tyson Fury put pen to paper on a heavyweight showdown at the Manchester Arena on September 28th.
Fury was his usual nonsensical, but nonetheless engaging, self at the press conference and pulled off the unlikely feat of making the Hayemaker come across as the most intellectual and gentlemanly fighter in the room – a far cry from his pre-Klitschko antics.
Whether or not Fury’s confidence and bravado is genuine or purely for the cameras will become apparent on fight night and while the Manchester-based boxer has dubbed himself “the best heavyweight of all time”, the betting tells a different story.
Haye is the overwhelming favourite at 2/7, while Fury is very much seen as the outsider at 11/4.
Fury is at times a walking, talking contradiction (shortly after bragging he is the greatest of all time on Sky Sports he berated Haye for being “arrogant”), but he has admitted that he is a big target and will climb in the ring with a plan to do little more than go toe-to-toe with the former heavyweight champion.
Such tactics will play into the hands of the faster and more agile Haye and the Bermondsey man is priced at 1/2 to get the KO, 4/6 to win inside three rounds and a relatively short 40/1 to put the unbeaten 25-year-old out of his misery within 60 seconds.
However, while this fight will no doubt sell out and be a huge box office draw, neither fighter managed to get through the press conference without uttering the name Klitschko.
Fury was dismissive of the Ukrainian brothers – labelling Vitali a “pensioner” and Wladimir a “robot” – but the main purpose of Haye v Fury is for the victor to go on to fight one or both of the Germany-based champions.
Haye is the most likely to be given a chance and is priced at 2/1 to beat Vitali should he come through the Fury challenge, while Klitschko is priced at 2/5.
A win against Vitali would all but guarantee a rematch with Wladimir for the Hayemaker but, should he fail to beat Fury, then retirement is surely his only option.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.