The stage is set for a massive domestic showdown between two fighters who are aiming for world title glory.

Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye, 32, was last month forced to pull out of his comeback bout with top-10 ranked Manuel Charr due to a hand injury sustained in training for the fight, leaving many wondering what his next step would be.

Meanwhile, Tyson Fury was due to fight 32-year-old Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev in a final eliminator for a shot at Wladimir Klitscho's IBF world title. Last night, however, Fury pulled out of the fight - and we do not yet have his reasons.

Fury's camp had previously stated that they were not interested in a fight with Haye as it would not get them closer to a world-title shot.

Over the last couple of weeks speculation regarding a fight between the two domestic heavyweights has increased, with suggestions being that it would take place before the end of the year.

Now the fight looks like happening sooner rather than later, with both men free from other commitments it is expected to take place between late August and early October.

Promoter Frank Warren's TV channel BoxNation has reported that talks have been ongoing for several weeks, and an announcement could be made within days of a fight that is expected to be work £5m to the two pugilists.

A venue for the encounter has not been decided as yet, but we expect it to take place in London or Manchester.

Haye has fought in Fury's hometown of Manchester before, most recently in his successful world-title defence against American John Ruiz at the MEN Arena.

Haye, however, being from London, may prefer a fight in the capital.

Haye's trainer Adam Booth has previously said that a fight between his fighter and Fury would be an open air fight at a football stadium, as his clash with Dereck Chisora was at West Ham's Upton Park. This would suggest that Manchester United's Old Trafford, or Wembley Stadium may be viable options.


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