David Haye and Tyson Fury’s much anticipated fight has taken another step closer, after promoter Eddie Hearn spoke of his confidence of securing a deal between the British heavyweight pair.
Hearn believes both Haye’s manager Adam Booth and Fury’s promoter Mick Hennessy are “close” to agreeing upon a deal that would ensure a bout in late September.
“No contracts have been signed but my gut feeling is that it will happen,” Hearn told reporters. “There is a lot of money involved if this fight can happen."
Newspaper reports have suggested that both boxers could earn up to £5 million each if the bout goes ahead, but Hennessy Sports have yet to confirm that negotiations are on-going.
Haye has not fought since his fifth-round stoppage win over Dereck Chisora in July 2012, with the 32-year-old Londoner withdrawing from his proposed fight with Manuel Charr this month because of a hand injury sustained in training.
However, the former WBA heavyweight champion would be ready for September if a deal can be struck. Hearn reiterated this in his interview, and also stated that he is keen for the bout to be staged in a large-capacity arena.
He said: “There are few arenas in the UK that could actually stage this fight but the date that has been mentioned is near the end of September.”
Former WBA, WBO and WBC cruiserweight champion Haye, who has two defeats on his 28-fight record, retired in October 2011 following defeat by Wladimir Klitschko before reversing his decision in order to meet Chisora in 2012.
Haye signed a long-term deal in April with the Hearn-run Matchroom Sport to co-promote his fights alongside his own Hayemaker Promotions and manager Booth.
Fury, 24, who is unbeaten in his 21 fights, last tasted success in April when he earned a spectacular seventh-round stoppage win over American Steve Cunningham in New York.
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