David Haye pulled in three million TV viewers on Dave in his first fight in three years against an opponent he was expected to dispose of with ease.
It’s proof he remains a massive name not just in the heavyweight division, but boxing, thus making him possibly the most lucrative PPV fighter among the big men.
A clash with the former Cruiserweight and World champion would generate massive revenue for any of the top big man in the mix at the moment and the Shane McGuigan trained fighter will become a viable and attractive option for any titlist over the coming months.
However, former Irish Champion and Current WBO and WBA World champion Tyson Fury doesn’t see it that way. The Manchester born Irish Traveler says his principles mean no amount of money could tempt him into the ring with Carl Frampton’s gym mate. Fury remains upset with the ‘Hayemaker’ for twice pulling out of a scheduled fight and is so adamant he won’t give the cross over star a ‘pay day’ that if Haye became mandatory for his title he would ‘chuck it in the bin’.
When asked about Haye’s return, Fury told Sky Sports:
“I’ve made it quite clear, after what he did to me twice I’ll never give him the fight. I’ll never give him a pay day so people can try and build it and do what they want to do.
“He’s trying to get money from me. I’m not prepared to give it to him. Just like he wasn’t prepared to give me any money, I’m not prepared to give him any money.
“He is a bum and he’s going nowhere. He has had his shot and he’s only a cruiserweight anyway. It’s great to be in this position. It’s like a freezing cold beer straight out of the fridge – that’s what it feels like.
“If he was mandatory for the WBA belt, I’d chuck it in the bin, because what does it really mean anyway? Let him fight someone else for it. I’m not interested in his name, his reputation or anything. As far as I’m concerned, he’s not even in my division.
“No matter who he beats or who he knocks out, I’ll never fight him. I don’t care if they offer me £100m. It’s about principles. I trained hard for two fights with him and he retired rather than fight. Now let him make some money off his own back.”