David Haye fires Deontay Wilder warning to Tyson Fury

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Amanda Westcott

Former two-weight world champion David Haye has warned Tyson Fury to changes his style to accommodate Deontay Wilder.

Fury faces Wilder on December 1st in a blockbuster heavyweight title fight and Haye knows first-hand about Wilder’s power.

Haye and Wilder have trained together in the past and the now-retired puncher is adamant Fury will struggle to cope unless alterations are made.

“Tyson will have to completely re-invent himself. He will have to offer something new,” Haye told the London Evening Standard.

“But even though this is a big risk, the rewards outweigh that — and you just can’t write off Fury. He is 6ft 9ins, 19 stone and has an unbeaten record. You simply can’t dismiss that and while he is in the ring, he has a chance.”


On sharing sparring sessions together previously, Haye recalled: “Wilder came over to work with me before I fought Wladimir Klitschko in 2011.

“He then came over before a proposed fight against Fury, which never happened. He has one a hell of a punch. That is why he has knocked out 39 of his 40 opponents.

“In every round I had to be on my toes. I had to be so switched on because he is very heavy-handed – even by heavyweight standards. That is why his knockout ratio is surely the best of any heavyweight champion in history.

“He is hard to read because he doesn’t do very much conventionally. On TV it looks a bit wild. But I can assure you that it is very awkward and difficult,” he added.

Currently in the midst of a promotional tour, Fury and Wilder have been exchanging verbal jabs on both sides of the Atlantic.

An underdog for the victory, Fury is just two fights into a comeback, which he previously stated would rule out a big challenge until 2019.

As rival Anthony Joshua failed to agree terms with Wilder over the summer, Fury has now been thrust into a clash which fully threatens his unbeaten run.