David Haye has been told to earn a leaderboard before he can hope to fight Tyson Fury after his call from the linear heavyweight champion.
Haye returned to the ring against close friend Joe Fournier on Evander Holyfield’s undercard against Vitor Belfor and outscored his former training partner in eight rounds.
It was Haye’s first return to the ring since his retirement from boxing following his 2018 loss to Tony Bellew and he then surprised fans by calling on Fury to sort out the couple’s rivalry.
Haye and Fury were scheduled to fight in 2013, but the Londoner has pulled out twice through injury – and Fury promoter Frank Warren doubts the fight can still take place.
He told iFL TV, “I have a lot of respect for David, but he’s 40 years old. He is not a young person. That said, he suffered serious injuries, certainly against Tony Bellew.
“I’m not taking anything away from Tony Bellew. I wanted David Haye to beat him. Obviously he had these injuries and shouldn’t have been in the ring in the first place.
“I don’t know if he got rid of the injuries or not. He calls Tyson. It would be a huge fight; there is no doubt.
“But he needs to do a bit more before he talks about Tyson Fury. Number one he would have [Haye] must be graded and in order to be graded you must fight ranked fighters. “
Fury is currently out of power on social media ahead of his trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder next month
But his management team still tried to answer Haye’s call by posting a photo of Fury towering over Haye at a 2013 press conference captioned: “There’s only one.” .
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Haye’s victory over Fournier will not be added to his record after the bout is turned into an exhibition bout at the last minute.
And Haye is unlikely to seek the ranking Warren has requested given that his interest is solely in Fury.
And Warren was surprised Haye returned to the ring for a ridiculous fight with Fournier, stating, “I’ll tell you what, though. I was surprised by the fight; it really surprised me. I didn’t. never knew he [Haye] what will fight.
“When it was announced it was quite shocking. He was always going to beat Fournier, and he did. “