by Johnny Walker
It is, when you ponder it, a mouth-watering heavyweight matchup, almost as much for the pre-fight chatter as for the fight itself.
Yes, Tyson Fury versus David Haye would pit the top British heavyweight veteran and one of the UK’s rising young stars against one another.
And it would also feature a clash between two of boxing’s pre-eminent talkers of trash, two guys who seldom feel that verbal discretion is the better part of valor.
Tyson Fury apparently now relishes such a matchup, and is hoping to lure the Hayemaker into fighting him as soon as this November, in what would be a worthy domestic followup to the recent, wildly successful Haye vs Chisora heavyweight spectacle in London.
The newly disciplined Fury, 24, has been criticized for not stepping up his opposition after easily crushing overmatched American veteran Vinny Maddalone on July 7.
And he’s ready to answer that criticism by going after a big name next time out.
Phil Fury, Tyson’s trainer and manager, tells WBN today that, “We have a few American fighters in mind” for the November fight, “but we are hoping to get David Haye or Tomasz Adamek….”
No disrespect to Adamek, but the media buzz that would be created by a Fury-Haye matchup could see that fight filling another UK soccer arena, a la the recent Haye grudge battle attended by over 30,000 fans.
And it would allow Haye to prepare for a possible fight with Vitali Klitschko by going up against a man even larger than the WBC heavyweight champion — Fury is 6’9″ tall.
A win for Fury, meanwhile, would put him a good distance ahead of his giant rival from Liverpool, 6’8″ David Price–the current British and Commonwealth heavyweight champion–in the Klitschko title shot sweepstakes.
“So much for Tyson avoiding David Price because he is too good, when he is looking to fight the likes of Haye,” says Peter Fury.
Will this one happen?