Former heavyweight champion David Haye claims he would have beaten ‘baby’ Tyson Fury had their proposed 2013 clash not failed and the undefeated Gypsy King would have been ‘overwhelmed’ by his speed.
- David Haye would face Tyson Fury in 2013, but had to back off
- He had had a reduced sparring and a rescheduled fight was subsequently canceled
- Haye claims he would have defeated the Gypsy King at that stage in his career
- He says Fury was a ‘baby’ in boxing terms and not as good as he is now
David Haye has claimed he would have beaten Tyson Fury had their fight continued in 2013.
The former WBA heavyweight champion was days away from a major domestic showdown with the Gypsy King, but was forced to pull out after a hiatus from his final sparring session.
It was then moved to the following February, but Haye was forced to withdraw from the bout due to a shoulder injury and the fight never happened.
David Haye faced Tyson Fury in 2013, but withdrew with a sparring cut days before
Another fight between the two was subsequently canceled because Haye sustained a shoulder injury
The former heavyweight champion believes he would have beaten Fury had the fight happened
Haye, who last fought in 2018, is firmly convinced that he would have been victorious over the undefeated Fury had they fought at that stage in the Gypsy King’s career.
When asked how he planned to deal with Fury, Haye said Sky Sports: ‘Use my speed, use my power.
Back then, in 2013, I believe it was, Tyson Fury wasn’t the fighter he is today.
‘He was very young, he was very inexperienced. It was not as tough as teak as it is now.
“He hadn’t experienced the trials and tribulations that made him the man and fighter he is today.”
Haye added: ‘It would have been the perfect match in my fight, if I could have caught him. A baby, in boxer terms.
Haye says the Gypsy King would have struggled with his pace and power in 2013
He was badly knocked down by a no-bump cruiserweight in Steve Cunningham, so it was a perfect storm for me, but the fight didn’t materialize.
“I got a cut for the fight and it never happened.”
Haye would undergo shoulder surgery after the fight was called off a second time, and would not fight back in the ring until 2016.
He had wins over Mark de Mori and Arnold Gjergjaj, but then retired after successive defeats to Tony Bellew.
Fury is currently gearing up for his highly anticipated undisputed heavyweight title fight with Anthony Joshua.
A two-fight deal was agreed last June, with the first of the two encounters expected to take place in the summer.
Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn has said he is confident a date and location for the fight will be confirmed by the end of next week.
Eight years later, Fury is gearing up for a highly anticipated match with Anthony Joshua