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David Haye: Open-air fight in Dubai this September would work

Phil Jay 20/06/2014

Returning former heavyweight champion David Haye is looking into the possibility of staging a fight in Dubai as the Briton plots his comeback from a serious shoulder injury this year.

The 33 year-old is in recovery after suffering the ailment that cost him lucrative clash with Tyson Fury six months ago, and having recently opened a gym in Dubai, Haye wants to put on a big fight in the country.

“I want to have one of my big comeback fights in Dubai,” Haye told Gulf News. “It’s no secret I want to become heavyweight champion of the world again and I want Dubai to be part of that.

“If the call was there for it and the venue was right, the weather is perfect in September and an open-air stadium would work quite nicely.

“All my fights are sell-outs, I’ve fought in front of 50,000 people, but Dubai hasn’t had that.

“People always ask me why there’s no big-time boxing in Dubai. But there’s a big market for it, people love boxing and high-end sport. It would also attract all the names from the movies and the music industry.

“Dubai could use a bit of that, as it’s the perfect city for that sort of event,” he added.

‘The Hayemaker’ has only fought once since losing to Wladimir Klitschko in 2011, a fifth round destruction of Dereck Chisora at Upton a year later, and has been of action for two years already next month.

Whether the two-weight world title holder can regain his full fitness is one question, but to get back in at the top level after such a long absence may be a tough ask for the talented puncher.

A warm-up fight in the autumn may be the order of the day to test out how his shoulder has healed, before Haye can then look into fulfilling his dream of staging a massive clash in the United Arab Emirates.

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