By Vadim Pushkin
Former two division world champion David Haye is backing Tyson Fury to win more impressively when he faces Wladimir Klitschko for a second time.
Fury traveled to Germany and upset Klitschko last November with a twelve round unanimous decision to capture the WBO/IBO/IBF/WBA world heavyweight titles.
Klitschko had a rematch clause in the contact, which forces Fury to face him for a second time in the coming months. The second fight is expected for a date in June.
Haye says the Klitschko era is finally over. Klitschko dominated Haye over twelve rounds in 2011. The loss to Fury was the first in ten years for the 40-year-old veteran.
"I think [Fury will win a second fight]. The Klitschko era is over. Wladimir didn't have the slightest sense of achievement in the first fight. I can even see the second time being even worse for him. But in the heavyweight division, anything is possible - and we just saw that [fact]," Haye said.
Haye would like to get a fight with Fury later in the year. They were scheduled to fight each other twice in the past. Both times Haye withdrew with injuries. Fury has promised to never provide him with a shot, even for a 100 million pounds. If Haye becomes a mandatory challenger, Fury will vacate the title in question.
"He already gave up the IBF title. If he gives up more titles, then he might end up standing there empty-handed. He has also said he is not fighting against [Deontay] Wilder, because he's just a basketball player. It's a bit surprising that the new world champion is announcing that he will not compete against one of the two most dangerous heavyweights in the world. That says a lot about him as a man," Haye said.