A British heavyweight superfight between Tyson Fury and David Haye appears almost certain to happen.
Figures from both camps were seen openly discussing the fight during Channel 5’s big night of boxing at the Glow, Bluewater in Kent on Saturday night.
Fury then confirmed on live TV that he had talked with Haye’s manager and trainer Adam Booth with both sides keen on a multi-million pound clash.
The unbeaten Morecambe heavyweight said: “I have very, very exciting news tonight.
“I was minding my own business over there and I bumped into Adam Booth, so we got him on camera and we asked him, ‘Why is the David Haye fight not being done,’ and he said ‘Do you want the fight?’ so I said ‘Two million percent. The ball is in your court so call me tomorrow morning’.
“He said ‘I cant see why this fight cannot be done’ - so there it is from the horse’s mouth. Adam Booth says he wants this fight.
“The fight is 99 per cent baby!”
The clash moved a step closer last week after Fury pulled out of a potential IBF eliminator with unbeaten Bulgarian Kubrat Pulev.
The fight between the two unbeaten heavyweights was to double up as both a scrap for the EBU heavyweight title and a final decider to see who would be the mandatory challenger for Wladimir Klitschko, who faces Alexander Povetkin later this year.
But the Morecambe man’s withdrawal would appear to pave the way for a fight with Haye in the autumn.
It could air on Sky Box Office, due to Haye’s link-up with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Sport, with Manchester and London possible locations.