Former foe Cunningham backs Fury to beat Haye

Steve Cunningham, left, and Tyson Fury pose for photographers ahead of their April clash.
Steve Cunningham, left, and Tyson Fury pose for photographers ahead of their April clash.

Former cruiserweight king Steve Cunningham has backed Tyson Fury to come out victorious in his domestic heavyweight superfight with David Haye.

Cunningham, who lost to the Morecambe giant when they met in the ring in April, is in Belgium helping the 25-year-old prepare for his crunch clash against the former WBA world heavyweight champion on September 28 at the Phones 4 U Arena in Manchester.

The Philadelphia puncher said: “Because I fought the guy and I see his training camp, I can go a little bit further than say; ‘May the best man win’, I believe Tyson’s going to win.

“I’m impressed seeing this guy, he’s so big and the work that he’s putting in - you can see that he’s really hungry and he wants this.”

When the pair met in the ring on Fury’s American debut at The Theater at Madison Square Garden back in April, the resort bruiser recovered from being sent to the canvas in the second round to win by knockout in the seventh.

Cunningham said: “I know there were probably some preconceptions about why I’m here or maybe it was about me getting some payback or vice-versa.

“I’m not here for Steve Cunningham to try to beat up on Team Fury and to make another fight and to get back – I’m here to help him get ready for David Haye and that’s what I’m doing.

“I’m here now and I don’t think I’d be able to be here personally if there was any animosity - that’s dead and gone and truthfully this helped me put it to bed even more.

“There are no hard feelings at all for Team Fury or Tyson Fury – I’m cheering him on while he’s sparring the other guys – I’m telling him jab and do this, you’re looking good and you know that’s pretty funny right there.

“I’m getting to see Tyson Fury and I’m getting to see that Peter (Fury) really makes him work hard for it in training camp.

“With what Tyson is putting himself through in camp, I believe he can beat Haye either way, points or knockout - I know things can go on in a fight that make you deviate a bit or change up or do something different, but I have Fury to win.

“I wish him the best and I believe he’s going to beat Haye.”

The fight is live on Sky Sports Box Office.