Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye had some harsh words for Tyson Fury when speaking about a potential fight for his UK rival against world number one Wladimir Klitschko.
Fury is currently in talks to fight Klitschko as the mandatory challenger with purse bids looming on the horizon for a possible fight in the autumn. Haye, who hasn’t fought for over three years, doesn’t see Fury following through with the fight, and if he does, ‘The Hayemaker’ says the former British champion hasn’t got a chance of winning.
“Fury’s not good enough to beat Klitschko,” Haye told The Sun. “He’s never fought anyone that size or who can really punch back.
“It’s heavyweight boxing and you never know, but I’d bet a lot of money that the fight doesn’t actually happen. I can’t see him getting in the ring with Klitschko.
“It’s one thing talking about fighting him and another actually physically getting in there. If I see him get in the ring to face Klitschko, I’ll be very, very surprised.
“He’ll get another option and fight someone else. That’s what my gut says,” he added.
Haye lost out to Klitschko himself back in 2011 after citing a toe injury for a one-sided defeat on points in Germany, and is still in the midst of a comeback to the sport after pulling out of two fights with Fury due to separate ailments.
The last time Haye graced the ring, the two-weight world champion knocked out Dereck Chisora in five rounds at West Ham’s Upton Park Stadium before then suffering a career-threatening shoulder injury in the run up to his £10 million fight with Fury.