Nelson warns David Haye about fighting Tyson Fury aged 40 and points to Holyfield’s disastrous comeback


JOHNNY NELSON reckons David Haye ought to take a look at Evander Holyfield’s beautiful ring return before committing to fighting Tyson Fury.

The boxing pundit believes Holyfield’s first-round stoppage loss to UFC ace Vitor Belfort ought to carry out an important warning for the British former world champion. 

Johnny Nelson reckons a David Haye wrestle with Tyson ought to merely be one-offCredit: Getty
Nelson believes Evander Holyfield made one comeback too many when taking on Vitor Belfort
Nelson believes Evander Holyfield made one comeback too many when taking up Vitor BelfortCredit: AFP

Haye, 40, goaded the Gypsy King after beating Joe Fournier in his return bout after three years away, saying, “I do know his (Fury’s) Kryptonite, I do know what he can’t deal with.”

But Sky Boxing guru Nelson, 54, educated Sky Sports: “David calling out Tyson Fury – it is made headlines, it is made individuals talk about it. 

“How very important is it? I don’t know. It’s frequently ‘what if’ for fighters.

“David looks in amazing condition at 40 years old and I think a rest from the sport has probably done his body good and done his mindset good.

“He’s a really Zen particular explicit particular person now, so he is nearly positively put a variety of points into perspective, in regard to his future and what he needs to pay money for in boxing.

“You’ve acquired to take a look at David’s remaining two performances of his profession and how he carried out. 


“The relaxation would have achieved him a world of incredible and that wrestle with Fournier was two mates having a spar, nonetheless David is aware of what he’s ready to doing.

“I actually really feel the actual fact of educating onerous in camp for just a few months might kick in, and make him realise how slightly so much he has actually bitten off. 

“But perhaps he is acquired that impetus, that power and that hearth in his stomach for a wrestle with Tyson Fury?

“Coming back to fight Tyson Fury, if he’s serious, it’s just for that fight. It’s not for a career.”

Haye, whose wrestle file consists of 26 knockouts, had to pull out twice from organized bouts with Fury. 

And plans for an all-British battle have been lastly kiboshed after the Londoner had a shoulder op in 2013. 

Nelson was sharing his ideas days after Holyfield’s exhibition battle with ex-UFC champ Belfort was on the same invoice as Haye’s bout with Fournier. 

And points for former four-time world heavyweight champion Holyfield, 58, have been compounded when he was brutally defeated by Belfort – who’s 14 years youthful – in a first-round demolition. 

Holyfield made the same mistake most ex-fighters do everytime you suppose ‘I can do it.’

Johnny Nelson – Sky Boxing pundit

Nelson added: “We saw Evander Holyfield and we all got lost in the nostalgia of what Evander used to be capable of doing.

“Then actuality kicked in, he is a 58-year-old man who clearly has no punch resistance. 

“He regarded the half, nonetheless that is about it.

“Evander made the same mistake as most ex-fighters do everytime you suppose, ‘I can do it.’ 

“Is David Haye on the same stage as Holyfield? I do not take note of so.

“Holyfield had been away from the game extended sufficient for individuals to overlook his last few fights and take into accout his heyday. 

Tyson Fury is the WBC title holder
Tyson Fury is the WBC title holderCredit: PA

“But you will have acquired acquired to be smart alongside along with your self and say, ‘Right, can I actually do that?’

“David Haye just isn’t going to be making a comeback as a fighter. What he is talked about is – ‘I would like to wrestle Tyson Fury.’

“If he’s saying he wants to come back and dominate the heavyweight division, then you’d reply, ‘Come on David.’


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