David Haye will return to the ring to take on British heavyweight Tyson Fury in a fight that will determine who is likely to go on and compete for a world title chance.
The two have been doing their best to wind each other up ahead of the announcement, made earlier today, and it'll be Haye's second fight since he came out of retirement to beat Derek Chisora last July.
The unbeaten Fury meanwhile, will return to England having beaten American Steve Cunningham at the Madison Square Gardens. Fury became the first person to win the British, Irish and Commonwealth titles when he beat Martin Rogan last year.
Former WBA world champion Haye believes that Fury deserves his chance with his winning streak, but has claimed that he should make the most of big pay day.
"A lot of people don’t believe he deserves a shot but he’s unbeaten in 21 and is up there.
“I want to win a world title again and facing a big, strong guy like Tyson will bring out the best in me. I’m the seasoned veteran on this occasion, which is new territory for me.
“He’s claimed he’s the best ever, which is a bold statement, but he’s got the chance to shut me up and prove it.
“I believe this will be his last shot at the big time and I’m happy to give him a nice pay day.
“I’m going to show why I’m the Hayemaker!”
Fury had been linked throughout last year with an all-British bout with fellow heavyweight David Price, but back-to-back defeats for Price against Tony Thompson has effectively ruled him out of any world title eliminator, such is the reward for the winner of this fight.
Haye was defeated by unified heavyweight champion Vladimir Klitschko in July 2011, which saw in go into retirement, but his biggest victory to date remains his win over Nikolai Valuev when he won the WBA title to become Britain's first heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis retired in 2004.
He continued to try and get to Fury as he continued the insults that have filled both boxers Twitter feeds in recent weeks.
“This guy’s got such a lack of co-ordination.
“He used to hit himself but at least he’s actually hit his opponents a few times now.”
Fury responded to Haye, using his defeat to Klitschko as a weapon in his attempt to unsettle the Londoner.
“Before I came along, where was he going to go?" Fury said.
“Who’s the one who stinks the place out and then blames a broken little toe?
“After the fight with me, a lot of people are going to laugh at him for all the bullshit he talks.
“He may be the Hayemaker, but I’m the playmaker!”
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