Rising British heavyweight star Tyson Fury says that a fight with David Haye is nearly finalized, claiming that the fight is "99% done," and revealing that negotiations between promoters for the fighters will take place next week, after a meeting with Adam Booth, Haye's trainer and manager.
"I was minding my own business and I bumped into Adam Booth, so we got him on camera and we asked him, 'Why is the fight not being done?' He said, 'Do you want the fight?' and I said, 'Two million per cent'. He said, 'I can't see why it cannot be done.' So there it is from the horse's mouth. Adam Booth says he wants the fight."
Fury (21-0, 15 KO) is coming off of a knockout win over Steve Cunningham in his debut on U.S. soil, and a fight against Haye (26-2, 24 KO) would do absolutely massive business in the United Kingdom, and be a big news fight the world over, too. We're talking about two guys who, while their skeptics and "haters" remain, are world class in terms of attracting media attention to themselves. Put them together, and you might have a bonanza promotion that could sell out a football stadium, do major business on Sky pay-per-view, and easily get a U.S. TV deal with Epix, NBC, or maybe even HBO.
The current rumored date for the bout is September 28, supposedly in Manchester, but we're still a ways off from anything really being concrete, even if Fury is truly this confident that the fight will happen. Here's hoping it does -- there is little in the heavyweight division that even attracts the curious or uncomfortable anticipation that this fight could, and it would be, as people always love to say, Good For Boxing.