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'This New Tyson Fury Would Have Stopped Wladimir Klitschko,' Says David Haye

'This New Tyson Fury Would Have Stopped Wladimir Klitschko,' Says David Haye

David Haye has praised Tyson Fury's mental conditioning and insisted that he would have stopped Wladimir Klitschko if he had fought him in his current form.

The 'Gypsy King,' 31, returns to action against little-known Swede Otto Wallin on Saturday at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

And Haye believes that the current Fury would have taken down Klitschko instead of securing a victory on points.

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"I think he's significantly better now than when he beat Wladimir Klitschko," the 38-year-old ex-boxer told BT Sport.

"I think if he was to go back in time with what he knows now -- after the tough fight with Deontay Wilder, after those tune-up fights with the new coach, living the life continuously -- [and] if he were to jump back into the ring with Wladimir Klitschko now, I think he would probably have stopped Wladimir Klitschko.

"This new Tyson Fury [could have done that]. I definitely think that.

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"I think going into the fight with Wladimir Klitschko, he hadn't had enough experience. He didn't have the up-and-down affair he had with Deontay Wilder; he'd never been on the receiving end of it.

"Now he has. He's risen to the occasion. He's seasoned, he's conditioned. He's a man out there now."

Fury stunned the boxing world in 2015 when he defeated Klitschko in Germany by unanimous decision and won the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, IBO, The Ring and lineal heavyweight titles.

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Haye, who pulled out of two fights with the undefeated Fury, continued to praise his fellow Brit by suggesting that even heavyweight legends would have a tough time against him in the ring.

"He would be a hard fight for the greatest heavyweights," he said.

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"Very few people would find it easy to fight someone so elusive, just ask Deontay Wilder.

"Someone as big, awkward, ungainly, unpredictable, it's not an easy guy to make a game plan for.

"It really isn't. Particularly because he hasn't shown any weaknesses.

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"He has shown he has a chin against one of the hardest punches ever as Wilder hit him with a huge shot twice.

"A right hand, then on the way down a left hook which should have well and truly put him to sleep.

"He has proven he has a world-class chin. He is ticking a lot of the boxes.

"I feel that he is young enough to really make a legacy. He can go on -- if he continues to win these big fights -- he can go down as one of the greats.

"The fact he has already beaten Wladimir Klitschko, the fact he has beaten pretty much every man he has faced means he is going down that route."

Fury vs Wallin will air on BT Sport Box Office in the UK and features plenty of matches on the undercard.

Agree or disagree with Haye?

Let us know in the comments.

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Topics: Dr Steelhammer, David Haye, Tyson Fury, Boxing News, BT, Boxing, Otto Wallin, Gypsy King, BT Sport, Wladimir Klitschko

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