October 1, 2023

Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury would need to receive an “absolutely ridiculous” offer to finalise an undisputed world title fight this summer, says David Haye.

Britain’s rival champions are considering lucrative options to stage their blockbuster battle, with promoter Eddie Hearn remaining optimistic about delivering a date and venue this week.

But Haye, a former heavyweight title holder, believes that a huge financial reward is required to ensure Joshua and Fury share the ring in the next few months.

“I’ll be surprised if it happens before November,” Haye told Sky Sports. “If it does happen before November, fantastic.

“Knowing boxing like I do, whatever offer they receive it’s going to need to be ridiculous, absolutely ridiculous to get it over the line, and if it does get over the line, God bless both of them.

“They deserve every penny they earn, because they’ve both put it on the line. They’ve both sacrificed, they’ve both become heavyweight world champion in their own right.

“They’ve both taken their licks. Fury got off the canvas against Wilder, AJ got over his loss against Andy Ruiz Jr and came back with a victory, so they both deserve the richest prize in the sport.

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