David Haye and Tyson Fury at one time were meant to fight one another. On two occasions no less. However injury to Haye scampered both fights at the time.
Haye decided to retire after the second fight was called off, citing shoulder surgery that at the time. He thought had ended his career.
Fury had spent a lot of money on both training camps and missed out on a significant UK pay per view pay-day at the time too.
Fast forward to 2018 and Fury makes his second comeback fight this weekend against Francesco Pianeta in Belfast.
Haye believes finances have been a key reason for Fury coming back.
Speaking to Star Sport, he said:
“I’ve got a sneaky suspicion he realises that he missed out. He probably missed out on about £30m or £40m during his little sabbatical.”
If you take that figure above in terms of his near 1000 day break from the sport and add another ten or fifteen million on from the cancelled Haye fight years before that, Fury potentially has missed out on fifty million pounds in his career to date.
If he wins this weekend however a shot at WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder awaits later in the year – which should carry plenty of prize with it.