• Heavyweight

Fury: Haye tussle biggest in Britain

ESPN staff
June 14, 2013
Tyson Fury is unbeaten in 21 career fight © PA Photos

Unbeaten heavyweight Tyson Fury believes a clash with David Haye would be the biggest fight Britain has seen.

Promoter Eddie Hearn revealed on Thursday a bout between the two Brits was close to being finalised. Fury also claimed a fight was 99% done, and Haye said he would be keen for the bout.

And speaking to Sky Sports boxing show Ringside, Fury feels taking on the former world champion is his only choice on the back of defeating Steve Cunningham in April in his debut on American soil.

"It's the only fight that would ever make sense for Tyson Fury right now," Fury said. "I've fought the two Americans, the top Americans, and I've been to New York and fought at Madison Square Garden and now I'm ready to take over the division."

Haye was scheduled to fight Manuel Charr at the end of June but withdrew with a hand injury, and Fury added: "If this fight does happen then I think this fight will be the biggest fight ever to enter a British boxing ring. The British fight fans and the British public are in for a real real treat."

Fury insists there will be nothing to separate the pair if they were to get into the ring together. "When it comes to talking there's no one better than me and David Haye for entertainment and excitement. It's a 50-50 fight, we're all-action fighters and when we do get in there it will be a war, like the words will be," he said.

"As far as I'm concerned I'm the No. 1 heavyweight in the UK. David Haye is a pretender and a celebrity who likes to live a celebrity's lifestyle. But I'm an active fighter and it's a man who's had two fights in two years against a man who's had lots of fights in two years. I've been busy against world class fighters and it will tell on the night."

Fury has not suffered a defeat in 21 career fights - producing 15 knockouts along the way - and the Manchester-born boxer does not want to fight anyone else.

"There's nobody else if the Haye fight doesn't happen. The only fight that might make sense is Vitali and Wladimir Klitschko," Fury said.

"I don't see anybody else to fight. And actually, I don't think either of the Klitschkos would be as big as me and David Haye. It's the biggest fight in boxing across all divisions and I can't think of any other fight that anybody would want to see.

"There's only one heavyweight in the world and that's me. I'm the one to beat and nobody in the world can compete with me and I'm going to prove that. I've been an underdog many times and I'm ready to take on anybody. I do believe in my heart of hearts that the Klitschkos won't fight me."

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