David Haye and Tyson Fury confirm 28th September fight at Manchester’s MEN Arena.
It’s been twenty years since the last massive heavyweight domestic dust up.
But now for the first time since Lennox Lewis, after a few hairy moments, wore down and stopped Frank Bruno in the seventh round in Cardiff back in October 1993, a genuine big boys bust up is around the corner.
Tyson Fury has confirmed the sports worst kept secret when he revealed that he is set to slug it out with David Haye in Manchester on September 28th, in what is sure to be a PPV Sky box office special.
Lewis and Bruno were two battle hardened Brits, but this scrap throws a bit of British and Irish rivalry into the mix, as Fury comes from an Irish traveller background, and is a cousin of Irish middleweight star Andy Lee.
Incredibly although he stands at 6’9, and towers over Haye by a full six inches, Fury won’t be the tallest opponent Haye has faced.
That distinction goes to Russian Nikolay Valuev who stood seven feet tall when losing his WBA crown to the Bermondsey boxer back in 2009.
Hayes hit and run tactics proved successful that night, but when subsequently with Wladimir Klitschko Haye did far more running than hitting, and lost by a wide margin.
It is a serious step up for Fury though, all of which adds to the intrigue of what should be a sell out show.
And Fury has already started the hypeometer ticking over with the first tweet of what will surely be an all out Twitter war.
— Tyson Fury (@Tyson_Fury) July 9, 2013
A London press conference later today should be fun.