Still no UKAD ruling on the Furys’ nandralone failures from February 2015, and all this with Hughie lined up to challenge Joseph Parker in May and Tyson supposedly returning the following week.
For the record, I’m doubtful that either of these fights take place as scheduled.
The latest ballpark date for a hearing is alleged to be mid-April, but this has turned into one of boxing’s longest running farces.
Part of me feels sorry for David Haye, whose ignominious defeat to Tony Bellew last weekend was ironically also the scene of his greatest display of bravery and heart, qualities it was doubted by many that he possessed.
It was a case of past sins coming back to haunt Haye, whose achilles vulnerability was leaked on fight week, and Haye, who might otherwise have pulled out of the fight, soldiering on because doing so would have irrevocably destroyed an already-frayed reputation with the British boxing public.
As has consistently been his gameplan at heavyweight, Haye sought the path of least resistance to the biggest payday, but, this time, his body gave out.
Despite a comfortable points lead going into the 6th round against a reticent Bellew, Haye looked horrible and a shadow of his past self. Wild swings and misses reminded me of the Ricky Hatton that showed up against Senchenko. People in the back row were ducking for cover.
Then the sudden injury, and, while Bellew must get credit for the big upset (a hope that Haye’s body would let him down would surely have been part of a gameplan to extend the fight to the second half), he beat a shot fighter, and did so in laboured fashion, gassing himself before summoning enough energy to eventually get the stoppage in the 11th.
Can we really imagine the silly spectacle of Bellew challenging Wilder or Parker for a portion of the heavyweight title? It might happen…as could a Haye rematch at some stage.
What about Bellew vs. Tyson Fury?
The Liverpudlian has cracked it, transcending a lack of natural gifts to carve a quality career that’s surpassed the likes of his more talented former foe Nathan Cleverly.
As for Haye, he has had surgery and says he will return, but we’ve seen enough from Hayemaker 2.0 to know that any third iteration will be a sad shell of past glories trotted out with the aim of cashing in on his remaining name value.
Let’s end on a lighter note: