Boxing Court: “He’s familiar with my personality. Obviously, when we used to spar, I wasn’t going all out on him “When they share the ring again on Saturday, David Haye predicts a terrible encounter for old sparring partner Joe Fournier.
David Haye has warned that his opponent Joe Fournier will be “annihilated,” but acknowledges that he has been “plagued with ailments” in the lead-up to his comeback to the ring this weekend.
When he fights Fournier in Florida on Saturday, the former world heavyweight champion will return to the ring after a three-year hiatus.
David Haye consented to the fight after a heated argument with Fournier over the holidays but claims he tried to talk his former sparring partner out of it.
“If we had to fight right now, I would win,” Fournier told the two-weight champion, according to Sky Sports.
“I was like, ‘I’ll tell you what, come down to the gym when we get back to London.'” Put on some 18oz gloves and a helmet. I’ll be impressed if you can make it through four rounds.
“‘However, I guarantee that after two rounds, you’ll declare enough is enough.” You won’t be able to go any further.’
“‘Forget about that, if you’re that confident, why don’t we do it for real?’ he asked.
“I told him, ‘With 10oz gloves on, you’ll get annihilated.’ ‘There’s no way.’
“‘No, no, no,’ he repeated. ‘Let’s go!'”
Following a fifth-round stoppage loss to Tony Bellew in their rematch at The O2 in May 2018, Haye announced his retirement.
Haye injured his Achilles tendon in their first bout, a knockout loss to Bellew in the 11th round in March 2017, and he is apprehensive that the Fournier battle will put more burden on his delicate physique.
“I’m taking this very seriously as someone who is 40 years old and has a lot of injuries,” Haye added.
“I snapped an Achilles tendon two fights ago if I don’t take it seriously and spend 100 per cent on training.” I didn’t appear very smart in the battle following that, so it’s something I don’t want to happen again.
“If he can get past the first four rounds, he [Fournier] thinks he can win.” In his words, he knows I’m dangerous for the first two rounds.
“However, if he can get me in the latter rounds, his youth [will be a factor] as well as the fact that he hasn’t been hurt and has been training and sparring consistently.”
Fournier has won all of his prior fights by stoppage, albeit his most recent fight was against a musician who was making his professional debut on the same bill as YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul.
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