Despite attempts to psyche out media and fans, David Haye and Tyson Fury are expected to announce a September 28 fight from Manchester this week, according to the Daily Star. From what I have heard personally, this fight has been agreed to for weeks at this point, but they were simply waiting to get it fully finalized, get the contracts signed, and announce it at the right time.
Haye (26-2, 24 KO) and Fury (21-0, 15 KO) are two of the biggest heavyweight attractions in the sport -- biggest attractions period, really -- and a fight between the two will be expected to draw a massive live number, and do very well on UK PPV, which will likely be carried by Sky Box Office, but could end up on the lesser Primetime.
Last year, Haye drew about 30,000 fans for his win over Dereck Chisora, and this fight with Fury should carry some of that quality with the pre-fight trash talk that entices buyers both at the gate and from home, as the two men are masters at manipulating the media when it comes to this sort of thing.
There is no word on US television, but I'd really expect it to wind up on TV here somewhere. Fury, after all, did the year's highest TV number in the US for his April 20 win over Steve Cunningham, with 1.7 million viewers on NBC, and Haye still has some name value, too. Even if it's Epix or WealthTV or something, I'm sure there will be some kind of US option.
Who do you think wins this one? Haye would seem to have the edge in overall skill, but Fury is a seriously determined young fighter on the rise with major confidence. Will his size and attitude carry him past Haye, or is he in for a rude awakening against a legitimate top fighter?