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Trying to make sense of last week’s events on social media – Tyson Fury’s retirement and Hughie Fury’s opponents

Image courtesy of The Sport Mall via Flickr

David Haye / Tyson Fury. Image courtesy of The Sport Mall via Flickr

Last Wednesday, Tyson Fury had a particularly busy day on social media.

His uncle and trainer, Peter Fury, posted a picture on Instagram appearing to be in David Haye’s gym, with Haye’s manager, heavily-suggesting through hashtags that a fight between son, Hughie Fury, and David Haye would be occurring, should Fury win the WBO heavyweight title in September.

Tyson reposted this and said he was disappointed in his uncle for ‘jumping in bed with the enemy’. Fury’s dislike of Haye of course boils down to the two cancelled fights back in 2013 when Haye’s injuries stopped the two from meeting in the ring.

Neither post really generated much interest, mainly due to Hughie Fury not being as well-known as his cousin.

David Haye then tweeted that he had received some good news and suggested there was a title fight in the works.

Tyson Fury, seemingly unhappy at the lack of coverage his post received, posted another picture heavily-suggesting he was once again retiring.

His court case with UKAD has been well-documented, though Fury still has no answer from them and therefore does not possess a boxing license.

This time, Fury’s post was noticed and as a result, his previous one was too.

Tyson has always shown himself to be a controversial, yet quietly clever, man. The likelihood is he is doing his cousin a favour and advertising potentially Hughie’s next two fights to the world. As much as he dislikes Haye, he will fancy his cousin to beat the Hayemaker and generate a better profit now.

Hughie Fury. Image courtesy of Jumpy News via Flickr

Hughie Fury. Image courtesy of Jumpy News via Flickr

Hughie Fury’s Manchester showdown with WBO champ Joseph Parker has been a long-time coming. Hughie had to pull out with an injury earlier in the year and will be desperate to bring the belt back to the Fury family.

On the topic of David Haye, he would need to fight a heavyweight ranked within any of the governing bodies top 15, and win, before being able to take a fight with H. Fury, should he win in September.

Haye always looked to be after a rematch with Tony Bellew, however his recent interviews show him saying that it isn’t his only option. He believes that knocking out a couple of top 10 ranked fighters would put him right back in the mix, and if he were to win a world title he would look back on the Bellew defeat and see it as a mere blip. 

It appears Haye’s plans are to not give Tony Bellew another big payday, and at the same time, deny him a world title shot. Bellew previously stated that Joseph Parker was the weakest of all the world champions, and that he would want a final fight to be against him for the WBO crown.

My guess is Haye will seize an opportunity to fight Kubrat Pulev. He is a fighter who is in-line to fight Anthony Joshua for his IBF belt, however, he must wait to see whether Joshua beats Klitschko in the rematch.

Pulev is ranked very highly by all the other governing bodies and will want an interim fight to stay fresh for a potential bout with Joshua. Pulev’s stock would rise hugely if they organised the bout and fighting Haye would bring him a big payday regardless of the result.

Who needs Love Island when all this drama is happening in the heavyweight division!

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