A massive British showdown between former world heavyweight champion David Haye and undefeated Tyson Fury is set to take place on September 28 in Manchester, according to several tabloid reports in the UK over the weekend.
Haye, 32, and 24 year-old Fury have been linked to a money-spinning clash for the past few weeks, with rumbles of negotiations stalling likely to have only been smokescreens to mask the true agreement between the fighters.
As reported by the Daily Star Sunday, Haye and Fury are set to exchange contracts next week and sign on for what could amount to a £5million pay-day each, with the match-up heading to a lucrative pay-per-view deal with Sky Box Office or Primetime.
Affiliation between Haye and Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn would certainly point to Sky Box Office being the favourite to land the domestic dust-up – with the Londoner potentially returning to the PPV channel for the first time following his disappointing loss to Wladimir Klitschko in July 2011.
Fury, who holds a perfect 21-fight record, has been enjoying an exclusive deal with Channel 5 over the past couple of years, but the fight was never going to be considered for terrestrial TV with so much money on offer from a pay-to-view drive.
The 6ft 9ins contender had been joking recently that he wanted an 80/20 split of any purse split with the ‘Hayemaker’ in the autumn, although a straight down the line equal share is set to be revealed when the fight is announced, possibly in the next few days.