David Haye sees Tyson Fury as the No 1 heavyweight on the PLANET, however that is not stopping him from backing Dillian Whyte for an upset next weekend… the former champion believes his previous sparring companion’s ‘large left hook’ can shock the world
- David Haye is placing his money on Dillian Whyte to get the higher of Tyson Fury
- Whyte is set to make his first world-title problem at Wembley next Saturday
- Fury is the large favorite to efficiently defend his WBC heavyweight title
- But Haye is adamant that the odds for a shock Whyte win are far too excessive at 6-1
- The ex-heavyweight champion feels Fury might come unstuck if he is gung ho
- He has sparred Whyte in the previous and is nicely conscious of the punch energy he has
The British boxing David who slew Goliath to turn into world champion acclaims Tyson Fury as ‘the No 1 heavyweight today, rightfully the linear champion, the most multi-talented man in the division, the top ring strategist and at the peak of his powers right now.’
Even so the Hayemaker who mowed down the seven-foot tall Russian large Nikolai Valuev to win the WBA belt 13 years in the past is backing Dillian Whyte to declare the WBC heavyweight title by upsetting the 6ft 9in Tyson Fury earlier than a document Wembley Stadium crowd next Saturday evening.
How so? ‘Tyson has everything it takes to be the best heavyweight in the world ,’ says David Haye. ‘But as a betting man I’m placing my money on Dillian. Because the odds (6-1 towards) are out of proportion along with his cheap probability of pulling off this shock.’
David Haye believes Dillian Whyte (left) might shock the world towards Tyson Fury (proper)
He provides that his gamble can be strengthened if Fury comes out in the all-out attacking mode to which he was transformed by coach SugarHill Steward for his KO victories over mega-puncher Deontay Wilder in the second and third fights of their epic trilogy.
‘If Tyson does that again,’ says Haye, ‘his style should be perfect for Dillian’s counter-punching. Especially that large left hook.’ But, conversely, he provides: ‘If Fury goes back to moving and boxing for this one, he would probably out-skill Whyte. That could be the best way for him to go on this occasion. But with this being his homecoming to the UK in front of 94,000 fans he will be wanting to put on a show.
‘He’s concerned himself in far more aggressive fan-friendly tussles these days. That’s nice for all the remainder of us watching. But that and a potential sense of complacency towards Whyte after these nice fights with Wilder are the largest risks to him.
Whyte can be the underdog when he collides with bitter rival Fury at Wembley next weekend
Fury is rightfully thought of the high heavyweight on the planet after battering Deontay Wilder
But Haye wouldn’t be shocked to see Whyte prevail if the Gypsy King comes out gung ho
‘A lot of people are really underestimating Dillian. He is at his best against the biggest opponents and he is more motivated for this one than any other fight in his life.
‘There’s been controversy about him not turning up for media conferences however the purpose is not that he didn’t need Tyson the finest participant of brain video games moving into his head. He most well-liked to focus completely on his coaching camp in Portugal slightly than spend three or 4 days interrupting his work by travelling to London and again.
‘That’s how severely he’s taken this. And in all probability his finest approach of getting beneath Tyson’s pores and skin has been to deprive him of the banter he enjoys.’
Those concerns hark again to Haye’s sparring periods with a then-young and studying Whyte. He says: ‘When Dillian first arrived in boxing as a child coming by means of he was proper up there with all the high sparring companions I used to be working with. In truth he was in all probability the better of them.
‘One drawback he gave me is that he has very lengthy arms for a 6ft 4in fighter. Tyson could have to spend the first couple of rounds adjusting to a jab two inches longer than he’s anticipating. It makes it tough to set your distance.
The ex-heavyweight champion has sparred Whyte in the previous and is nicely conscious of his qualities
‘It was not a lack of ability that kept him waiting so long for his title shot. Those thousand or more days. It was because everyone sees him as such a dangerous opponent. Tyson has the all-round talent but Dillian has the biggest single KO punch with that left hand. And in terms of hand speed they’re nearly equal.’
Haye is taking a diversion through the Wembley ringside between making Haye on lengthy semi-working sunshine breaks in Mexico and Costa Rica. Smiling by means of his shades, this former world cruiserweight champion who turned the boxing world the wrong way up by going 12 successful rounds towards the so-called Beast From The East says: ‘It will be a lot easier looking on at Wembley to see how my bet on Dillian works out than it was beating Valuev. I’m telling you, the underdog is not that a lot of an underdog in actuality.’
Well, as the saying goes, you pays your money and also you takes your alternative.
Fury v Whyte can be televised reside on BT Sport Box Office on Saturday evening, April 23.