David Haye will return to the ring on September the 28th to take on fellow Brit Tyson Fury.
Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s) has been out of action for over a year since his TKO over Dereck Chisora at Upton Park last July, but the Bermondsey man is 2/7 to see off Fury at the Manchester arena this autumn.
Fury (21-0, 15 KO’s) has talked himself into a fight with Haye, and the 6’9″ fighter is the outsider at 11/4.
The bout has injected some excitement in a heavyweight division largely devoid of drama, and both men will continue to create the headlines ahead of the fight.
24-year-old Fury’s stock has been rising in recent years, but he was floored by Steve Cunningham in the second round of his most recent bought in April, and there’s little doubting that Haye is a harder and more skilful hitter than Cunningham.
Haye’s trainer Adam Booth has warned this fight might come too soon for Fury.
“I’m as confident as I can be that this fight isn’t right for Tyson Fury at this moment in time,” he said.
“He still has a good career ahead of him, it’s just that on September 28 I expect David to be the one who’s holding his hand high.”
Fury may have the size advantage, but that’s nothing new to Haye at 6’3″, still regarded by many as a cruiserweight.
Haye’s speed and power will be something new altogether for Fury, and he is 1/2 to win by KO, TKO or DQ.
Fury has won five of his last six fights by TKO or KO, and is 4/1 to catch many people out and do so again here.
The man from Wythenshawe will do well to take heed from Wladimir Klitchsko’sa virtuoso performance to beat Haye in their title fight in Hamburg in 2011, a performance which Fury would do well to take head from.
The 32-year-old Haye should have too much pace, ability and power, but if Fury can take advantage of his significantly longer reach (85cm v 78cm) against Haye, then he may yet prove many doubters wrong.
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