Tony Bellew, a former cruiserweight champion, has expressed his belief that if David Haye had fought Tyson Fury in 2013, he would have emerged as the winner. The two rivals were scheduled to fight each other, but the fight was called off twice due to Haye's injuries. In 2013, Haye would have been the toughest opponent of Fury's career, according to Bellew.
Bellew said that Haye was the brightest prospect in world boxing in 2004 and 2005, adding that if Haye had fought Fury at the time, he would have won. He acknowledged that Fury tied Haye up in knots with his words, but physically, Fury was so undeveloped at that stage. Bellew added that Steve Cunningham nearly beat Fury, and Haye was twice the puncher and twice the fighter that Cunningham ever was.
Bellew is convinced that if Haye hurts you or drops you, you're done. He believes Haye is probably one of the best finishers this country has ever seen and is that prolific. The only finisher Bellew has ever seen better than David Haye is Nigel Benn. When Haye gets you hurt, he takes you out.
Fury moved forward with his unbeaten run after the fight with Haye fell through. He went on to have a career-defining win over Wladimir Klitschko for the WBO, IBF, IBO, WBA heavyweight titles. Fury currently holds the WBC world title and is considered the top man in the weight class. His next fight is slated to take place on the tentative date of July 22 at Wembley Stadium.
In conclusion, Bellew's comments indicate that Haye would have posed a significant threat to Fury in 2013. However, it is difficult to say for sure who would have come out on top if the fight had taken place. Fury has since developed into one of the most skilled and dominant heavyweight boxers in history, while Haye's career has come to an end.