Haye will take on friend and former sparring partner Fournier over eight rounds in Los Angeles next month in his first fight for three years
David Haye has told Joe Fournier to forget about causing a heavyweight upset – even if the former world champion snaps both Achilles.
Haye will return to the ring next month when he takes on his friend and former sparring partner in a clash that could earn him £5million.
Haye has not fought since he was stopped in his rematch with Tony Bellew more than three years ago. He lost the rivals’ first fight after snapping his Achilles tendon in the sixth round.
He will come out of retirement for an eight-round professional fight on the undercard of Oscar De La Hoya’s comeback against UFC legend Vitor Belfort on September 11.
And Haye told Mirror Fighting : “He truly believes in his heart that he can beat me. It’s quite funny, I find it amusing.
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“He’s really taking it seriously in terms of believing he can win this fight. He’s banking on something breaking or snapping in my body.
‘He believes something is going to go drastically wrong with me and he reckons as long as he can get through the first few rounds it will then be his time – but to get through three or four rounds with me is very, very difficult.
“I’m not envisioning any version of this fight which ends with me losing.
“He believes if my Achilles snaps mid-fight then I won’t be fighting for another five rounds. He has a strategy for a one-legged fighter but even if it does snap I still think… even with two snapped Achilles I’d find a way to beat him.”
Fournier has won each of his nine professional bouts against limited opposition and most recently stopped Colombian singer Reykon in the second round.
He revealed last week that he will earn £4m from the fight – and Haye confirmed he will earn more than the £4m he earned for his first fight against Bellew.
“I get the opportunity to put the gloves back on and so what i do and get a PPV purse,” he added. “I’ll get more than I did for fighting bellew the first time.
“How can I turn that down, how can I say no? What fighter would turn down a fight they can win supremely easy? I’m taking it with both hands and I’m going to maximise it.
“I am going to prepare. My body’s been in bits since I realised this was actually going to happen. I can’t afford any banana skins, I can’t allow that to happen.
“I need to make sure I’m rock solid in all areas. I do an hour of training a day anyway and I’m stepping that up to twice a day.
“I wasn’t in any frame of mind to prepping for a boxing match. It’s been three years since I’ve been in the ring and the last time I was in the ring didn’t go so great for me. I can’t just assume that I can turn up out of shape.”