Harry Pratt

Fury demands fast resolution to Haye talks

Undefeated heavyweight contender Tyson Fury wants his proposed grudge match with fellow-Englishman David Haye to be confirmed by the end of this month or he will start searching elsewhere for his next opponent, says his uncle and trainer.

Talks between the British rivals have been on-going for the last three weeks. However, although positive about finding an agreeable resolution, the Fury camp insist they will not wait forever. Indeed, on the evidence of an interview with Pete Fury, featured this week in Buncey’s boxing podcast on ESPN.co.uk, they may not even hang around beyond June.

“We’re currently in talks with them but we’re not over the finishing line,” he said. “There is still a lot to be agreed but we’re optimistic of making that fight. We want the fight, Tyson wants it, and I want it for him. We want to show the British public who is the best. They believe David Haye is a very good fighter, which he is, and we want Tyson to be up against the best.

“David Haye is one of the best heavyweights – he is certainly the best in England. So we’re up for that fight. Now, for us, it’s just about getting over the finishing the line. We’re optimistic that fight can be made for this year.

“Sometimes the smoke has got to be finalised. Either way this fight has got to come to a resolution by the end of this month. So, we’re looking to get it sorted.

“Tyson has been in training for the last six weeks. He’s fit and on weight. But if the fight doesn’t happen for some reason then we’ll look to find some other tough opponent for him. That’s all we can do for now.”

Manchester-born Fury (21-0, 15 knockouts) has ignored the chance to face Russia’s Alexander Povetkin, THE RING’s No. 2-ranked heavyweight, in order to free himself for an anticipated domestic dust-up with former WBA titleholder Haye (26-2, 24 KOs).

The 32-year-old Haye, from south London, in turn had pulled out of his comeback fight with Manuel Charr, slated for June 29, citing a hand injury suffered in training as the reason.

Should the negotiations prove successful, Haye versus Fury is expected to happen in late September or early October, with the MEN in Manchester or the London O2 Arena the most likely venue.

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