Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye has formally announced his intention to resume his boxing career, despite advice from doctors to hang up his gloves for good.
The 33 year-old, who suffered a serious shoulder injury in 2013, has been deep in recovery behind the scenes whilst speculation mounted on if he would ever return, with the Londoner finally breaking his silence this week.
“I have to do this,” Haye told the London Evening Standard. “The juices are still there. I sat in the crowd at Wembley and felt it big time.
“I’ve always wanted to walk away from boxing when I decide, not when boxing does. Well, if it ended all now boxing has won. It’s tossed me out of the ring.
“I’ve got the chance to put that right. I’ve got a chance to prove a lot of doubters wrong about me the boxer and me the person. I can’t let this opportunity go.”
“I want to become world heavyweight champion again. There’s no other point in doing this.”
The ‘Hayemaker’ was then asked whether he believes it is feasible after almost two years out of the ring and the one-time undisputed cruiserweight king was unequivocal in his answer.
“Yes, because my trainer [Adam Booth] and I have analysed why I was so injury prone and we believe we have a training programme designed to minimise the risk. I’ll be looking to box three times a year, move up the rankings and fight for the title within two years.
“I’ve broken through the apprehension of punching after surgery and I’m going to give it my best shot. Succeed or not, I’m not going to die wondering,” outlined Haye.
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