“You’ll Get Annihilated With 10oz Gloves”: David Haye Recalls His Interaction With Joe Fournier

Published 09/07/2021, 7:10 AM EDT


David Haye doesn’t seem to have a lot of respect for Joe Fournier’s boxing achievements. They will collide in a professional bout on September 11 at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in a Triller PPV. Although Fournier comes with an unbeaten record of 9-0, it stands nowhere close to Haye’s impeccable run in the sport.

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So, ‘Hayemaker’ isn’t hesitating from boasting his prowess over Fournier. Haye has constantly claimed that he will poleaxe his rival in the ring. Also, the former champion has shed light on his interaction with Fournier, revealing the role of 10 oz gloves in the fight.

In a chat with Sky Sports, David Haye said, “If we were to fight right now, I would win.”

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“I was like, ‘I’ll tell you what, when we get back to London, come down the gym. Put some 18oz gloves on, a head guard. If you can last four rounds, I’ll be amazed. But I guarantee after two rounds, you would say that’s enough. You won’t be able to carry on.”

“He said ‘forget that, if you’re really that confident, why don’t we do it for real?’ I said ‘you’ll get annihilated with 10oz gloves on. No way. He said ‘no, no, no. Let’s do it!'” 

Fournier has fought last in April, whereas Haye has been inactive since losing to Tony Bellew back-to-back in 2017 and 2018. But Haye has always been associated with the sport and has trained many A-listers of the time, including Anthony Joshua. Also, despite his inactivity, he is still in prime shape.

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The heavyweight contest will last for eight rounds and will be held under professional guidelines. Thus, it will potentially allow both men to unveil their best side. On that aspect, Haye and Fournier are absolute hard-hitters.

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In a career of 28 wins and 4 losses, David Haye has scored 26 KOs. Meanwhile, Joe Fournier has claimed all 9 of his wins via KO. Hence, it will be intriguing to see how the matchup plays out on the Evander Holyfield vs Vitor Belfort undercard.

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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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