David Haye Has Only Tyson Fury On His Hit List

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David Haye is feeling confident after his victory in South Florida on the Triller Fight Club card.

Haye (29-4, 26 KOs) defeated Joe Fournier (9-1, 9 KOs, 1 NC). The former heavyweight and cruiserweight champion was never in trouble and was not throwing with bad intentions.

However, Haye did hand Fournier his first professional loss during the eight-round heavyweight fight. Judges all scored the match for Haye with large margins (79-72), (79-72), and (80-71).

Haye and Fournier are friends, and Haye had not fought in more than three years. The win is his first in five years.

“I felt fresh, smart, my timing was good,” Haye said during the post-fight news conference. “Normally, I knock people out straight away, but I enjoyed myself.

“I could see shots coming, but I hadn’t done much sparring for this. I’ve hurt my body over the years. I needed rest. I needed my body to rejuvenate. I’m ready to do big things.”

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However, “The Hayemaker” looked immediately ahead to a wish bout against Tyson Fury.

“If I’m going to come back into boxing with a real fight, against someone special? That is the guy I know I can beat,” Haye said about Fury. “I know his style. I know what he does well. My attributes don’t work well for his style. Him and his team know that.”

Haye, 40, declared he only wants to see Fury, who he was supposed to fight back in 2013. However, Haye had to withdraw twice from scheduled fights with Fury due to injuries.

“There’s one fighter I’d come back to professional boxing for. That’s Tyson Fury. That big fat dosser, I know his kryptonite, I know what he can’t handle. He wants a fight? ‘The Hayemaker’ will come for you,” Haye said.

“When Tyson Fury really wants a challenge, the fans want to see it, the fans want to see Tyson Fury facing someone who can knock him out. I know that he knows it, his dad knows it, his uncle knows it.”

“It’s been in my mind for a long time, since 2013,” Haye continued. “The fight didn’t happen; I got an injury.

“I’ve always wanted that fight. I’ve seen him get better and better. His reputation has got bigger and bigger. If I’m going to come back into boxing with a real fight, against someone special? That is the guy I know I can beat.

“I know his style. I know what he does well. My attributes don’t work well for his style. Him and his team know that. They probably think I’m old, so they probably will take the fight.”

The Hit List

Continuing to sell the matchup, Haye said, “I’m looking for the biggest fight out there — and you get no bigger than 6-foot-9-inch Tyson Fury. I’d only come back for Fury. I don’t want to show him what I’ve got left. I was able to win this fight without showing ‘the Hayemaker.’”

Fury revealed his hit list for the next few years. David Haye’s name was not on it. However, Fury did indicate his intent to keep boxing in the U.K. after his Oct. 9 trilogy bout with Deontay Wilder.

Rhett Butler is a Boxing Writer Association of America Journalist, Play-By-Play Commentator, Combat Sports Insider, and Former Mixed Martial Arts and Boxing Promoter. The New York City native honed his skills at various news outlets including but not limited to: TIME Magazine, Money Magazine, CNN's Wolf Blitzer Reports, and more. Rhett hosts the PRITTY Left Hook podcast, a polarizing combat sports insider's take featuring the world's biggest names.