DAVID HAYE knows the styles of Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder
better than most.
The former world cruiserweight and WBA heavyweight champion sparred Wilder twice, the first time in 2011, and again while he was preparing to take on Tyson Fury in September 2013. Haye was forced to postpone the all-British showdown when he cut his eye in sparring and, two months later, the fight was cancelled altogether when he suffered the shoulder injury that kept him out of the ring until 2016.
Haye vividly remembers preparing for Fury and, in a conversation with Boxing News in Las Vegas, he detailed the key elements he was working on to defeat the 6ft 9ins giant.
“It was not allowing Tyson Fury’s physical size to be a factor in the fight,” Haye explains. “Not allowing his long arms to come into play, forcing him to feint, forcing him to get out of his rhythm.