David Haye needs a one-off combat towards Tyson Fury and never a boxing comeback, but Evander Holyfield’s worrying return should be a warning, says Johnny Nelson.
Haye ended his retirement of three years, aged 40, for an eight-round bout towards Joe Fournier on Saturday, which resulted in a factors win for the previous two-weight world champion.
Fury was then known as out by Haye, who insisted: “I do know his Kryptonite, I do know what he can’t deal with.”
But Sky Sports activities knowledgeable Johnny Nelson has questioned Haye’s causes for pursuing a combat towards the unbeaten WBC king.
“I am taking David Haye’s return to boxing with a pinch of salt,” he instructed Sky Sports activities.
“David seems in wonderful situation at 40-years-old and I believe a relaxation from the game has most likely accomplished his physique good and accomplished his mindset good. He is a very Zen individual now, so he’s most likely put a lot of issues into perspective, in regard to his future and what he needs to realize in boxing.
“David calling out Tyson Fury – it is made headlines, it is made individuals discuss it. How severe is it? I do not know. It is all the time ‘what if’ for fighters.
“You have to have a look at David’s final two performances of his profession and the way he carried out. The remainder would have accomplished him a world of fine and that combat with Fournier was two mates having a spar, but David is aware of what he is able to doing.
“I believe the fact of coaching arduous in camp for a few months might kick in, and make him realise how a lot he has truly bitten off. But possibly he’s bought that impetus, that vitality and that fireplace in his stomach for a combat with Tyson Fury?
Coming again to combat Tyson Fury, if he’s severe, it is only for that combat. It is not for a profession.
“For David, he’s not speaking about coming again to field as a profession, and folks want to know the distinction. He is coming again to combat Tyson Fury.
“Fairly clearly, David knew that he did not have sufficient left to maintain a profitable profession after his final two defeats towards Tony Bellew.
“Coming again to combat Tyson Fury, if he’s severe, it is only for that combat. It is not for a profession.”
Haye twice needed to withdraw from a scheduled combat towards Fury and plans for a British battle had been lastly deserted after he underwent shoulder surgical procedure in 2013.
“Tyson Fury himself may assume, ‘I will have a piece of this,’ as a result of there is no such thing as a love misplaced between David and Tyson,” mentioned Nelson.
“I am fairly positive the temptation is there, but will Tyson Fury need to decide to combating David Haye after the pull outs by means of damage? I do not know.
“Tyson Fury, if it is severe, may go for it as a result of Tyson is a combating man. He likes to have a scrap.
“I do not doubt that David has still bought that energy, but what I doubt is how a lot he has bought left to combat Tyson Fury.”
Evander Holyfield additionally appeared on the identical invoice as Haye, but fears for the 58-year-old’s well being had been justified when he suffered a first-round stoppage loss to former UFC champion Vitor Belfort.
“We noticed Evander Holyfield and all of us bought misplaced within the nostalgia of what Evander used to be able to doing,” mentioned Nelson. “Then actuality kicked in, he’s a 58-year-old man who clearly has no punch resistance. He appeared the half, but that is about it.
“Evander made the identical mistake as most ex-fighters do if you assume, ‘I can do it.’ Is David Haye on the similar stage as Holyfield? I do not imagine so.
“Holyfield had been away from the game lengthy sufficient for individuals to overlook his previous couple of fights and keep in mind his heyday. But you have to be reasonable with your self and say, ‘Proper, can I actually do that?’
“David Haye is just not making a comeback as a fighter. What he’s mentioned is – ‘I need to combat Tyson Fury.’
“If he’s saying he needs to return again and dominate the heavyweight division, you then’d reply, ‘Come on David.’
“But it surely’s only for that one combat, as a result of he thinks he is aware of the best way to beat that one fighter.”