“It’s Not a Business Transaction”- David Haye Warns About Poleaxing Joe Fournier

Published 09/10/2021, 9:30 AM EDT


Despite a long layoff, David Haye has all the reasons to remain confident about bagging a win against Joe Fournier on September 11. 9-0 as a boxer, Fournier has never won a world title and is neither a top-tier name in the sport. However, his stardom, financial success outside the ring, and 100% KO ratio have earned him a shot at the former two-division champion Haye.

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While many see it as a 50-50 matchup, ‘Hayemaker’ is solely confident about having a lopsided affair against Joe Fournier. Moreover, he has intended not to do much damage to his “friend”, who he will fight this weekend. In the official press conference for the Triller PPV, David Haye reflected on his superiority over Fournier and warned him about their in-ring collision.

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‘Hayemaker’ said, “Joe [Fournier] is a friend of mine genuinely and I don’t want to do horrendous damage to him. But this game is hard to do boxing without doing damage. It’s not that game, it’s not a game of darts.”

“We are going to throw punches at each other. And I significantly punch harder than you, faster than you. Got more experience doing that one thing. It’s not a business transaction. This one is a life and death one. Just letting you know now.”

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Nevertheless, Fournier, who had his last fight on April 17, has been active in recent times. He was a part of Jake Paul’s team for the YouTuber’s third professional fight against Ben Askren. Hence, Fournier has been under the guidance of BJ Flores for some time. All these factors can favor him, but nothing can be taken away from David Haye.

David Haye vs Joe Fournier- The Mismatch

Haye is a professional elite and would have never fought Fournier if not for these exhibition bouts. However, the upcoming fight can also pose a threat to his legacy. If he loses the showdown, ‘Hayemaker’ will contract a massive dent on his resume. Meanwhile, a win will also not add anything beneficial, other than giving him the option to continue boxing against a sterner opponent.

Hence, it might just have been the hefty paycheck that allured David Haye to step up.

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Haye vs Fournier will be a sheer entertainer. As a prolific boxer versus a prolific entrepreneur is what can break the internet, the Triller PPV fight card is rightly grabbing attention with David Haye and Joe Fournier as two of the main personalities.

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Who do you think will win? David Haye or Joe Fournier? What do you make of the former’s confident comments?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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