WBA Heavyweight Champion has finally backed down. The Londoner signed on to face fellow Brit Audley Harrison at the MEN Arena in Manchester on November 13th.
Haye had always declared that fighting Harrison was a step down for him. Instead, he looked to unify the heavyweight title by facing one of the Klitschko brothers.
However, it now looks like the only step left for him to take.
Wladimir is facing Samuel Peter this week. At the same time, Vitali is fighting Shannon Briggs in October.
David Haye vs Audley Harrison
Therefore, with limited options available, Haye has signed up for the fight with Audley rather than spending more time inactive.
Harrison will be 39 on fight night. He is the current European Champion and the 2000 Olympic super heavyweight champion.
Audley will be hoping to complete one of the biggest comebacks in British boxing history by claiming the world title after looking down and out following some terrible knockout defeats.
Haye has reiterated his desire to retire in a year. So with negotiations with the Klitschkos seemingly miles apart, something will have to give to get the two fights made before Haye’s deadline.