A twice-postponed fight with Tyson Fury seems destined to stay on the shelf for now as former world heavyweight champion David Haye maps out his return to the ring from career-threatening shoulder surgery.
The 33 year-old was due to clash with Fury, firstly in September 2013 and then the following February, although a cut in sparring delayed the original date before serious damage to his punching arm left the £10m domestic battle in tatters.
Now that Haye is approaching full fitness and has announced his intention to fight on, the Londoner was asked in an interview with sport360.com whether he would consider reopening talks with Fury about a possible fight in the future.
“No, definitely not,” said Haye. “That fight was made last year just as a marking time fight, a way to keep the fans happy and for me to stay busy. But that fight didn’t happen twice in a row. He’s now fighting Chisora for the mandatory spot for Wladimir’s title.
“So if he wins or loses that he’s going in a different direction than what I’m going in so I wish him luck. I’m not sure how he’ll get on with Chisora though, I think that’s an interesting fight.
“But unless Tyson Fury was to actually win the world title from Wladimir then I have no interest in fighting him to be honest,” he added.
Instead, the ‘Hayemaker’ is contemplating starting on the fringes of world title class and taking on some of the also-rans of the division in a bid to seal a top ranking spot. The Londoner will then be hopeful of gaining enough victories to position himself to fight for a world title challenge at some point in 2015.
“I’d love to get into the ring in September or October and I’ve always wanted to fight in Dubai when the weather cools down,” stated Haye. “I want to fight in September or October in the UK, so perhaps in December – then Dubai would be absolutely perfect.
“I don’t have a world title so it’s not like I have to cater for any one particular broadcast. I know there’s a lot of big boxing fans and also the expat community. Dubai definitely has the infrastructure and already hosts some mega events. I don’t have a contract with anybody currently, so if there’s ever a time to do it then it is now.”
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