Despite getting “cut sparring yesterday,” Tyson Fury is “still fighting” Joey Abell on Saturday at the Copper Box Arena in London, England.
Fury (21-0, 15 KOs) was initially slated to throw fists with David Haye in September.
Unfortunately, a few weeks before their tussle, the 33-year-old Haye (26-2, 24 KOs) suffered a gash above his left eye while training and was deemed unfit to compete.
The match was permanently nixed after Haye underwent shoulder surgery in November.
“Look, I got cut sparring yesterday,” said Fury, 25, who most recently exited the squared circle on April 20 with a seventh round knockout victory over American Steve Cunningham. “Should I do a ‘Hayemaker’ and pull out of my next fight? (Expletive), no! I’m still fighting!”
Although not exactly akin to Muhammad Ali versus Joe Frazier, a bout pitting Fury against Haye would have been intriguing and become the biggest scrap on British soil in decades.
Meanwhile, with the “Hayemaker” indefinitely shelved, the 32-year-old Abell (29-7, 28 KOs) was knocked onto Queer Street by Kubrat Pulev on December 14.
A 6-foot-4 southpaw, Abell could pose problems for the 6-foot-9, 257-pound Fury.
Ultimately, expect Fury to floor “Minnesota Ice” and emerge triumphant this weekend.