By Nick Parkinson, courtesy of The Daily Star
DAVID HAYE admits that even if he chops down gypsy giant Tyson Fury he could still be left frozen out of the world title scene.
The British rivals – both ranked in the top ten by three of the four world governing bodies – go toe-to-toe at Manchester Arena on September 28.
Haye, 32, is even the WBA’s top contender for Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko after Russian Alexander Povetkin, who the champion faces in a £15million clash on October 5.
Wladimir, 37, holds four of the five world titles while his brother Vitali is the WBC champion.
But Londoner Haye is not holding his breath over fighting either brother.
Vitali, 42, is more interested in his political career than boxing and Haye, who was easily outpointed by Wladimir two years ago, reckons his only chance of a rematch would come if he were made mandatory challenger.
He said: “I don’t think this fight has any bearing on whether Vitali or Wladimir want to fight me. All it will reconfirm is that I’m a big pay-per-view draw, and it means a lot of money to them.
“If I get in the mandatory position it helps. As long as I am fighting ranked opponents the governing bodies will recognise that.”
Fury, 25, will dwarf Haye by six inches and outweigh him by three stones, but the former WBA world heavyweight champion has shown he is capable of a giant-killing before.
Haye captured the WBA belt in 2009 when he used hit-and-run tactics to outclass and out-point 7ft 2in Russian giant Nikolai Valuev.
But Haye does not expect Fury – unbeaten in 21 fights – to be as difficult to beat as Valuev.
He said: “Fury’s a lot smaller than Valuev and Valuev had some form, 50-odd fights, so he’s a different calibre to this guy.”