PETER FURY, father and trainer of heavyweight contender Hughie Fury, has confirmed that talks with David Haye have taken place about a potential fight between the two.
Hughie will challenge WBO champion Joseph Parker in Manchester on September 23, though a recent social media post from Peter suggested that a deal is in place for Hughie – should he win – to fight Haye.
While he confirmed they’ve spoken to Haye’s team, Peter declined to reveal any more details about what those discussions entailed.
“I’m not going to speak on that, it is confidential. We have spoken, let’s put it that way,” he told Boxing News.
— peter fury. (@peterfury) July 26, 2017
As Fury is Parker’s mandatory, he would be entitled to a voluntary defence should he dethrone the New Zealand native. However, Haye is not currently ranked in their top 15 and he would need to record a win before he can be eligible to box for a WBO title, per their championship rules. In March he suffered a shock defeat to Tony Bellew after rupturing his Achilles tendon, an injury he is currently recovering from.
Team Fury have had past dealings with Haye when a fight between he and Tyson Fury was scheduled a few years ago, only to be aborted when the Londoner pulled out through injury.
Beside these apparent negotiations, Peter and Hughie were at Haye’s gym to get some sparring with the latest Hayemaker Ringstar signing, Olympic silver medallist Joe Joyce.
“We’ve been at the Hayemaker Gym, we received a very warm welcome and it’s been nice. We’ve been sparring Joe Joyce there, it’s been a nice experience, we’re really enjoying it,” Peter continued.
— David Haye (@mrdavidhaye) July 26, 2017
“Things are going perfect, training camp couldn’t be going better. We’re all in a positive frame of mind and we’re all looking forward to lifting this belt.
“Hughie’s in a very good place, we had some excellent sparring with Joe Joyce, not only is he a nice young man and a credit to the sport, he’s a very good fighter. We couldn’t ask for better sparring.
“We just came down for the week, we’re going back up to the Lake District tomorrow evening and that’s where the rest of training camp will be. We’re going back to nature, doing a lot of outdoor training. It’s not easy, let’s put it that way. It’s gruelling training but it’ll all be worth it in the end.”
It was also recently confirmed to us that talks are underway for a rematch between Bellew and Haye.