The press conference for the upcoming bout between Tyson Fury and David Haye that will be screened on Sky Sports Box Office generated so much hype that the former claimed that this was the fight that the fans of the boxing world are ‘dying to see’. It is a bold assertion from Fury, and also a wrong one.
The bout between himself and Haye is relatively exciting due to the fact that Fury is undefeated in 21 fights with 15 knock-outs - while his opponent on the other hand has won 26 out of 28 fights with 24 KOs - but it is not exactly a show-stopper.
Fury may think that he is the next biggest thing in world heavyweight boxing at the moment judging by his comments when referring to Haye at the press conference, although his cockiness was verging on a step too far.
Fury is not as good as he seems to think he is, and has so far only won the British and Commonwealth Heavyweight championships and has yet to fight a world class opponent like Haye, let alone be a world star.
Nevertheless, Haye has problems of his own. This is as although he is currently the best British heavyweight boxer in terms of stardom on the world stage, he seems to have lost some confidence since his loss to Wladimir Klitschko in 2011 and has somewhat suffered a bit of a blip having only had that low key fight with Dereck Chisora ever since.
Therefore, what we have here is Fury, an ok fighter who thinks he is a world beater vs Haye, the former world beater who has lost some confidence. Are these the required ingredients for a jaw-dropping, show stopping boxing match? No. We would much rather prefer to see Pacquiao and Mayweather, who world-class boxers on top of their game at the moment. Now that is box-office.
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