Steve Lillis is reporting for BoxNation that a big fight between David Haye and Tyson Fury "looks certain" to happen later this year, with £5 million behind the bout.
Haye (26-2, 24 KO) was set to return in late June against Manuel Charr, but had to pull out of that bout due to injury. Fury (21-0, 15 KO) is known to be negotiating with Kubrat Pulev for a final IBF eliminator, but there's a lot in play here if the Haye-Fury talk is serious.
- The money is unmatchable. Neither Haye nor Fury have anything available that is going to get them close to this money save for a fight with one of the Klitschkos, and those guys don't seem interested at the moment. Wladimir is headed for a fight with Alexander Povetkin, while Vitali, if he fights on, will have to deal with Bermane Stiverne before anything.
- With Channel 5 ending their brief flirtation with boxing and thus with Tyson Fury and Hennessy Sports, Fury has no TV outlet in the UK. No matter what you may personally think of Fury's talent or personality, fact is he's a charismatic, controversial, attention-grabbing young heavyweight. The idea that a fight with Pulev could (potentially) go unseen outside of a small PPV in his home country is ridiculous and unfortunate. Against Haye, he would be on Sky Sports, as Haye is now with Matchroom, or perhaps Sky Box Office given the (supposed) money behind the fight.
- Maybe he doesn't become a mandatory challenger for a title as he would if he beat Pulev, but Fury has a huge amount to gain if he can beat Haye. David Haye is still the biggest name in the UK for heavyweights and one of its biggest boxing stars (honestly, he may still be No. 1) and Fury has a rising name that would be cemented if he were to knock off the veteran. Tyson is 25 and had a lot of time for titles. There's plenty that would say he should take Haye is it's actually available.