Has a fellow south Londoner and former world heavyweight champion Frank Bruno is a supporter of David Haye and is on the Hayemaker’s side, but Big Frank says when Haye takes on Manchester giant Tyson Fury on February 8th, Haye will have his hands full if he doesn’t finish the naturally bigger man early.
Haye and Fury were due to meet in September, but Haye suffered a cut eye in sparring, forcing him to withdraw from the fight. The hugely anticipated clash was re-scheduled for early next year and Bruno predicts excitement.
“It’s an interesting fight. Fury is a natural heavyweight and David Haye is a very, very explosive ex-cruiserweight and he’s a very good puncher.” Bruno told Talksport.
“Earlier on Tyson Fury has got to be very very careful of David Haye because he is a very very confident fighter. But if you take a lot into consideration Haye has been out for a long time, he’s come back after a year he’s had a hand injury, now he’s got this cut.
“If Tyson Fury plays it cool, keeps him outside and keeps his hands up, as a natural heavyweight, the longer the fight goes on I see Tyson Fury him doing very well but he’s got to be very careful the first couple rounds against David Haye, the first four rounds, it should be a good fight, I’m looking forward to it
“As a south Londoner, I should be on David Haye’s side, which I am, but has a boxer and trying to judge it right, Tyson Fury and his size, long reach, David Haye has got to be very careful, but it will be a very exciting fight.”
The 51-year-old British sporting icon also praised Olympic gold medallist Anthony Joshua, who turned professional earlier this month, scoring a first round ko over unbeaten Italian Emanuele Leo. Joshua who takes on Paul Butler tonight in his second pro outing in Sheffield, is being tipped by Bruno to follow in his footsteps and become a world champion in the future.
“He’s a very nice guy, very dedicated and he’s a smart guy, level headed and he’s got the world at his feet.” Bruno said.
“He doesn’t need to be rushed, he’s won the Olympic medal, he’s come into the pro ranks he’s twenty four and he’s got all the time in the world, the heavyweights don’t develop until late and I think he’ll find himself has a world champion one day, as long as he keeps on the right path and away from the demons and temptations of life, he should do very very well.” added Bruno.