Tom Hardy fights the Hayemaker
IN Saturday’s Bizarre David Haye sent out word that he was game for a scrap with Hollywood star Tom Hardy.
The Hayemaker, who has been admiring the actor’s impressive frame, said: “Me and Tom Hardy, that would be a good fight for sure.
“He has got in fantastic shape — he looks like an absolute tank. He can be my next opponent.”
And with a cheeky wink and a smile, Tom has agreed — on the condition any money raised goes to Help for Heroes, the Prince’s Trust, Breakthrough Breast Cancer, Bowel Cancer Research and homeless charity FLACK.
I’m sure there would be no shortage of money in the pot to see this one happen for charity.
Tommy told me: “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.”
And with a cheeky grin, he added: “Let’s have it. We all know how this is going to end don’t we… not good for Tommy.
“I’ll have Clay O’Shea as trainer and Joe Calzaghe on cuts in my corner.”
Tom’s not short of bottle. When not filming, he goes off with his ex-SAS and RAF mates to places like Afghanistan and the Congo.
He also co-owns Raven’s Wing, under Pilgrims Group, a company providing seriously handy lads to look after people in dangerous places.
He bulked up to play hellraising prisoner Charles Bronson a few years back in a chilling performance. His ’tache was impressive, too. And he got in incredible shape for Warrior, playing ex-soldier Tommy Conlon in a brutal cage-fighting story. He was brilliant in that film — utterly convincing as a mixed martial fighter.
And he carried that on as Batman’s terrifying nemesis Bane in The Dark Knight Rises. He’s being tipped for big honours in the years to come. But he played himself down, joking: “This is sort of like Mickey Rourke. But Mickey’s a better actor and boxer than me. How about singing lessons instead?”
The Hayemaker is desperate to make it as an actor. I’m sure he’d be up for a masterclass from one of the best Brits in the business right now.