By Simon Green, courtesy of The Daily Star
TYSON FURY could cause heavyweight rivals Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder problems.
But that’s only if Tyson Fury gets back to his “former glory”, according to former boxer David Haye.
The Gypsy King faces Francesco Pianeta in Belfast on Saturday as his comeback after a two-and-a-half year absence from the sport gains momentum.
Unbeaten WBC champion Deontay Wilder will be in attendance and a fight between the two may very well be confirmed at the end of the bout, given that a deal is reportedly close.
And Haye believes Fury could cause anyone in the division problems.
In an exclusive chat with Starsport, he said: “I don’t know how good Tyson Fury is now.
“In his heyday, five years ago, when he was beating the likes of Wladimir Klitschko, he would have given every single heavyweight on the planet on that night problems.
“Would he have beaten them? That’s debatable.
“But he wouldn’t have been an easy fight for Anthony Joshua, for Deontay Wilder, just because he’s so awkward, gainly, turns southpaw, he’s got such long arms.
“He’s not a one-punch specialist but he can give you problems.
“If he can get back to some of that former glory, I think he can give people issues because of his sheer physicality – he’s a man mountain.”
Haye also told this site that Fury returned to the sport after “missing out on £30m or £40m” during his break.
The 36-year-old was speaking to Starsport at the surprise announcement of his move into poker.
In partnership with Grosvenor Casinos, the former boxer will spend 12 months learning the skills before attempting to win the world’s largest poker tournament outside of Las Vegas – The Goliath.