Former two-division world champion David Haye says 6’9 Tyson Fury is in for beating if he faces Wladimir Klitschko, who holds three of the four major heavyweight title belts.
Despite Fury being the mandatory challenger for the Ukrainian’s WBO heavyweight title, Haye doesn’t believe Fury is going to through with the fight.
Nearly two and a half weeks ago, Sky Sports revealed Klitschko-Fury negotiations were near completion, with a venue yet to be determined.
Klitschko told Ringside via SkySports, “I think we are pretty much done with that [the negotiations], and I hope so too.
“You never say until the contracts are signed, and I’m really open-minded.”
Haye spoke to The Sun via BoxingScene.com.
“Fury’s not good enough to beat Klitschko,” said Haye, who lost a lopsided decision to “Dr. Steelhammer in 2011.”
However, Haye went one step further, adding that he didn’t think the fight would happen at all.
“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 taking 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.
I strongly disagree with Haye on one front. While I agree that Fury is nowhere close to being in Klitschko’s class, I believe the Manchester fighter is pushing for the fight because he wants no part of Dillian Whyte.
I’ve touched on this point on several pieces. Fury is already the mandatory challenger, so that’s one barrier complete. Klitschko is obviously where the money is at, so that’s another reason to fight the champion.
If he fights Whyte, who is undefeated in 14 fights with 11 knockouts, it’s a high-risk, little reward scenario. Klitschko won’t be fighting much longer, so this is his only opportunity to get the fight.
Fury has been notably dropped against Steve Cunningham and Neven Pajkic by overhand rights. In Whyte’s most recent fight against Beka Lobjanidze, it was a right hand that knocked him out inside the fourth.