Tom Hardy may be use to throwing fists on the big screen but now he's looking to trade leather for real by stepping into the ring with former British heavyweight champion David Haye. The mouthy Haye stated after his recent brawl inspired bout with the equally gobby Derek Chisora "Me and Tom Hardy, that would be a good fight for sure. He's got in fantastic shape. He looks like an absolute tank. He can be my next opponent."
Despite the tongue-in-cheek suggestion, Hardy has stepped up to the challenge on the proviso that all proceeds from the fight go to the military charity Help For Heroes, The Prince's Trust, Breakthrough Breast Cancer and homeless charity FLACK. Taking the call-out in good humour Hardy told The Sun newspaper "Hardy v Hayemaker? No problem. Let me take my make-up off first. I'll fight him as soon as I get back from the Congo with my mates if he wants. I've never fought a professional heavyweight, it'll be an experience. I would obviously prefer my first professional fight to be against someone in my weight category but hey-ho. Let's have it. We all know how this is going to end don't we... not good for Tommy. I'll have (boxers) Clay O'Shea as trainer and Joe Calzaghe on cuts in my corner".
Film and fight fans will be hoping that Hardy can summon up the spirit of MMA fighter Tommy Conlon, Warrior (2011), and the ferocity of Bane, The Dark Knight Rises (2012), to hand Haye an unexpected defeat. The former champ has fallen out of favour with the British public thanks to an appetite for unwarranted trash talk "...I don't know who (Vladimir) was trying to impress in that homo-erotic video of his", thug like airport dust-ups, and a string of charming interview soundbites, "..this fights gonna be as one sided as a gang rape". Perhaps a victory for Hollywood Hardy might finally temper the Haye ego.