Tyson’s trainer and uncle Peter Fury has reacted to newspaper reports and Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn stating that the heavyweight clash was almost done and has even confirmed the date that is top of the shortlist for the contest.
“The fight between Tyson and David Haye is very close to agreement,” Peter Fury told World Boxing News.
“We are looking at Manchester Arena on September 28 as the first choice thus far and should have something more on that soon. The date is one of three being considered, although nothing is set in stone regarding the deal and things can change quickly as everyone knows.”
Fury’s words are in line with my original reports that August was way too early for a fight of this magnitude, with both fighters set to make massive purses for what will be the biggest top division clash in Britain since Lennox Lewis v Frank Bruno in 1993.
Sky Box Office is set to take the PPV reigns for the massive British fight and will represent Haye’s first appearance on the channel since his disappointing loss to four-belt world champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2011.
The pay network had been scrapped for two years on the back of Haye’s defeat, but was recently resurrected for Carl Froch v Mikkel Kessler II and should make a tidy sum for all involved in the eagerly-anticipated encounter.