Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn’s recent announcement that a deal between David Haye and Tyson Fury is close means that both fighters can expect to make a bumper £5million purse each – with the clash heading to lucrative pay-per-view.
Hearn’s involvement in the deal assures that the might of Sky Box Office will back up the event and with over 20,000 expected to pack in at Manchester Arena, Haye v Fury stands to be the biggest PPV event the UK has ever seen.
Talks are said to have been going on for weeks between the pair, with all other avenues for their next fight pushed to the side as the focus of giving the fans the super-fight they want to see drives the two heavyweights towards a huge autumn battle.
A date of August has been mentioned more than once, although the possible world title eliminator is much more likely to happen in September or October to drive publicity for the clash to a whole new level and give both more time to prepare.
Haye, 32 and 24 year-old Fury are both highly-ranked by the WBC, which could see the fight sanctioned as a mandatory semi-final at the very least. The winner could then potentially be in line to meet the victor of this month’s Johnathon Banks v Seth Mitchell II contest in a final eliminator for the right to challenge Vitali Klitschko next year.