Promoter Mick Hennessy’s recent comments that a fight between his highly-ranked WBC contender Tyson Fury and British rival David Haye is possible in the summer has drawn a semi-positive response from trainer Peter Fury.
Fury, who is currently preparing undefeated Tyson for his US debut against Steve Cunningham on April 20 in New York, has already mapped out a route with his nephew to claim an IBF shot at Wladimir Klitschko by the end of the year and sees Haye as a veering off from the intended plan.
“At present we have Cunningham and a win puts Tyson, all being well, at number two with the IBF,” Fury explained to World Boxing News.
“Whoever is then number one with the IBF, as (Kubrat) Pulev is now, they have to fight Tyson for the mandatory position. If successful in that fight, Tyson is then mandatory challenger for Wladimir Klitschko.
“Now David Haye or even Tony Thompson are both good fights for Tyson and ones that I would like to see, but if we take either of those, I feel we are going off the straight road to Klitschko and I tend to think we will go the IBF way.
“Pulev first, and then Klitschko and we are at our goal, but this is boxing and we will discuss all options with Mick if he feels the Haye fight is worth it and go forward from there.
“My own opinion of Tyson’s next move is to stick to the IBF plan at present,” he confirmed.
24 year-old Fury will be present in Canada this weekend to watch Peter’s son Hughie make his professional bow at the Bell Centre in Montreal, with the relations having future aspirations to be the new Klitschko’s of the heavyweight division themselves.
With Peter’s remarks that the IBF title is the way he would like to go, Haye may be better served to look at a possible fight with the winners of either Chris Arreola v Berman Stiverne or Johnathon Banks v Seth Mitchell for his summer return.
Whether any of those four would be willing to travel to the UK is another story though and the ‘Hayemaker’ may have to consider a possible fight across the Atlantic for only the third time in his career – if he wants to improve on his current fifth place ranking with the WBC.