Ricky Hatton doesn’t want to see his friend, David Haye box heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury.
Haye returned to the ring last Saturday at Triller Fight Club Legends 2 where he earned a dominant decision win over Joe Fournier. After the win, he called out Fury which immediately surprised many and for Hatton, he says we can’t allow that to happen.
“I wouldn’t have thought Tyson Fury would be taking David Haye’s call out very seriously,” Hatton wrote in his column for Metro. “David Haye is a friend of mine, I think the world of him, but it was clear to see in his last fights with Tony Bellew that his best days are clearly behind him. Tyson Fury in his last fight was at the top of the game! We can’t allow that to happen.
“I wasn’t very happy to see Evander Holyfield get knocked out in the first round at the weekend, not at all, Hatton continued. “The board of control in Florida need investigating for allowing that to happen. I’m all for exhibitions, I’ve said I’m open to one myself, two former champions showcasing their skills one last time for the fans with the understanding that no one will get seriously hurt. But this was very different. It was a 58-year-old Holyfield, coming in on a week’s notice to replace Oscar De La Hoya at the very last minute. Evander Holyfield says he wants to fight Mike Tyson next, David Haye wants to fight Tyson Fury… I think the world of David Haye but sorry, no. They need saving from themselves.”
There’s no question a fight between David Haye and Tyson Fury won’t be very competitive and Haye has a point that we need to save them from themselves. Boxers will also think they are still the best, but after seeing what Belfort did to Holyfield, age catches up to everyone. It also seems unlikely we will see Haye box Fury anyway.
Do you agree with Ricky Hatton?