Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder 3: David Haye thinks it's a 50-50 fight

Tyson Fury vs Deontay Wilder 3 is a '50-50' fight, insists David Haye

David Haye believes there is a '50-50' chance Tyson Fury lands a knockout blow on Deontay Wilder - but could also see it going the other way.

Fury (30-0-1, 21 KOs) has warned Wilder that he will 'knock him spark out' in their trilogy fight this Saturday in Las Vegas.

But Top Rank president Todd LeBeouf has stated he believes 'The Bronze Bomber' poses a big threat to The Gypsy King's second reign as heavyweight champion of the world. 

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT on Tuesday, Haye is also concerned that Fury, 33, may have taken his eye off the ball in the time between training camps, but admits that is purely speculation on his behalf.

"It feels a bit disjointed to be honest looking from afar," Haye said. "Mate, I don't know anything, I'm only going by what I've seen online, but it seems a bit disjointed. It seems like his preparations haven't been as good for the third fight as they were for the second fight. It's still a 50-50 fight, that's just the way I see it. I think they're both capable of knocking each other out."  

While Haye declined to pick a winner as he feels the fight is too close to call, he did say that he thinks it will ultimately come down to whoever has trained the hardest and used their time the most effectively.

"If Fury has taken this fight seriously, and hasn't had the worst training camp of his life, it is 50-50," he said. "I just think it's very, very exciting. Wilder is a massive underdog, huge, huge underdog, for someone who punches as hard as he does and has got such a high knockout ratio. They've both knocked each other down a couple of times apiece.

"But it's really interesting, no-one else seems to really think it as much as I do, a lot of people just think it's a foregone conclusion. I think it's going to be a real battle of life and death for both fighters. I think it's going to be a real battle, a real battle where whoever has lived the cleanest, whoever has trained the hardest, whoever has prepared the most for it is the guy who is going to get his hand raised at the end of the day."  

"I think it's going to be a real battle of life and death for both fighters." 
Haye said of Fury and Wilder. 

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Haye, who sparred Wilder twice at the Hayemaker Gym in south London, said he has witnessed first-hand the destruction caused by Wilder's devastating right hand - and wouldn't be surprised if that proves to be the deciding factor on the night. 

"Every single time he's there to win," he said. "He's a winner, he's not there to be a sparring partner, he's not there to make up the numbers, he's not there for a paycheck -- he's there to knock somebody out. That's him in sparring, in fights, in whatever, amateur, professional, he's just a knockout specialist, that's what he does.

"He's not happy unless he's knocking someone out and I've seen and heard of numerous occasions he's hurt someone in sparring. He's got a very, very good mindset for a fighter. Alright, he didn't look good last time out, I get that, but we'll find out exactly where he's at on Saturday night. We had a massive upset the other night with Anthony Joshua and Oleksandr Usyk. We could have another one this weekend." 

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Wilder has been widely ridiculed for coming out with what many consider to be some fairly ridiculous excuses after suffering the only professional loss of his career against Fury, which is something Haye can relate to. However, he insists 'it's all just noise' from the outside world, and advised his former sparring partner to focus on what's important. 

"Everyone has excuses from time to time," he said. "But Wilder has had to take so much stick for the things he's said. When you talk a fight up, when you give it the big 'un [sic] and you don't produce the goods, no-one is interested in what excuses you come up with afterwards. 

"Broken f------ toe, broken f------ back, whatever it is, nine times out of ten, they have to give you stick for it to get it out of their system. It's all just noise, you've just got to ignore it. For instance, Wilder's costume thing -- I'm not even sure if he actually said that, but he got so much stick for it, and only now I am hearing he had a bicep injury. Last week I heard for that second fight he had a torn bicep and he's had an operation since then to put it right. He's had so much stick for all these different things... his coach poisoned his water, all these other things, but maybe he's put them out there to distract from what the real thing was, maybe to get some sort of psychological advantage possibly, I don't know.

"But people don't want to hear that, no-one's interested in hearing excuses in boxing, however accurate they may be. That's why it's good he's got an opportunity to prove who the man is now. Fury's given him some stick, fairly, and it's time to see who the main man is now. It looked like it was Fury in that second fight, it really, really did. Wilder's team is making a lot of the right noises. I'm excited."

BT Sport Box Office will show Fury v Wilder: The Trilogy exclusively live in the UK on Saturday 9th October. For more info go to www.bt.com/sport/boxoffice

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