David Haye has been told to earn a ranking before he can hope to fight Tyson Fury following his call-out of the lineal heavyweight champion.
Haye returned to the ring against close friend Joe Fournier on the undercard of Evander Holyfield vs Vitor Belfor and outpointed his former sparring partner over eight rounds.
It was Haye's first ring return since retiring from boxing after his 2018 loss to Tony Bellew and he then surprised fans by calling on Fury to settle the pair's rivalry.
Haye and Fury were due to fight in 2013 but the Londoner pulled out twice through injury – and Fury's promoter Frank Warren doubts the fight can still happen.
He told iFL TV : “I got a lot of respect for David, but he’s 40 years of age. He’s not a youngster. Having said that, he’s suffered some bad injuries, certainly against Tony Bellew.
"I’m not taking anything away from Tony Bellew. I fancied David Haye to beat him. Obviously, he had these injuries and shouldn’t have been in the ring in the first place.
“I don’t know if he got rid of the injuries or not. He’s calling out Tyson. It would be a huge fight; there’s no doubt about that.
“But he’s got to do a bit more before talking about Tyson Fury. Number one, he’d [Haye] have to get rated and to get rated, you have to fight rated fighters."
Fury is currently on a social media blackout in the lead-up to his trilogy fight with Deontay Wilder next month
But his management team still took a shot at Haye's call-out by posting a picture of Fury towering over Haye at a 2013 press conference that was captioned: "There's only one".
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Haye's win against Fournier will not be added to his record after the bout was switched to an exhibition fight at the last minute.
And Haye is unlikely to seek the ranking Warren has called for given his interest lies solely with Fury.
And Warren was surprised that Haye returned to the ring for a farcical fight with Fournier, stating: "I’ll tell you what, though. I was surprised about the fight; it really did surprise me. I never knew he [Haye] was going to be fighting.
“When it was announced, it was quite shocking. He was always going to beat Fournier, and that’s what he did."
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