British heavyweight David Haye has reiterated his desire to once again share the ring with unified champion Wladimir Kitschko after failing to dethrone the Ukrainian in his previous attempt almost three years ago.
The 33 year-old is currently plotting a comeback from a serious shoulder injury and hopes to keep active once his nails down his next fight in the coming months. Haye then wants to face Klitschko in a redemption rematch before the aging title holder steps away from the sport.
“To jump straight back into a world-title fight would be stupid. I need build up fights to get back into that position and challenge for titles,” Haye told Gulf News.
“To get back into the ring with Wladimir would be a dream come true for me because I know I can beat that guy on my day when all guns are firing.
“It’s one thing saying it and another thing doing it, but I’m willing to walk the walk. There’s no doubt I have a few wrongs to right and I’m currently on my mission.”
Haye is looking at a lower key comeback in October to test his recovery, but will need to jump back into the top ten rankings before too long as there is a queue of fighters waiting to take on, not only Klitschko, but new WBC belt holder Berman Stiverne.
Klitschko, 37, is set to make a defence against IBF mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev in the autumn, whilst Stiverne has to face Deontay Wilder and then the winner of next month’s clash between Bryant Jennings and Mike Perez.
Add to that whomever comes out on top in the Fury v Chisora rematch, plus recent winners Carlos Takam and Alexander Povetkin, it all means that the top division is saturated with potential world title challengers.
The ‘Hayemaker’ finds himself way at the back of the line to be given a chance to even fight an eliminator anytime soon and now needs to prove his can still cut it at world-class level – somewhere he hasn’t been for nigh on two years.
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