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David Haye aims to unify the heavyweight division in ‘two or three years’

Phil Jay 30/06/2014

Returning heavyweight David Haye has further outlined his lofty ambitions as the Londoner prepares to make a comeback from a serious shoulder injury later this year.

The 33 year-old pulled out of a fight with Tyson Fury in February after suffering ailment whilst in Germany before Christmas, and at first it was thought that Haye wouldn’t be able to fight again on doctors advice.

Surgery went well though and Haye’s recovery has been so miraculous that the former two-weight world champion has set his sights to the highest target possible as news of his return bout edges nearer.

“The dream scenario for me is maybe two or three fights, then some type of eliminator and then to challenge for a version of the heavyweight title,” Haye told 360sport.com. “Whether that’d be with Wladimir Klitschko (the WBA, IBF & WBO champion), or whoever holds the WBC title at that time.

“Then win that title and defend it, and then unify, going out there and winning all the belts together. That would be my perfect schedule for the next two or three years.”

Haye went on: “I’m pretty confident I will be back to my best. I’m not that old, I’m 33, nearly 34.  haven’t got too many miles on the clock and not had many beatings in my 28-fight career. I feel I still have a lot to give.”

There may be a certain amount of scepticism about Haye’s latest career comments as the ‘Hayemaker’ has only fought once since losing his world title to Wladimir Klitschko in 2011. Since then, a lengthy queue has formed behind Klitschko and new WBC title holder Bermane Stiverne, leaving Haye with a tough task to prove himself worthy as he basically begins from scratch.

Taking into account that Haye was ranked number one by the WBA prior to his injury and given the fact that he is a former world title holder a both cruiserweight and heavyweight with the organisation, a victory over a top 15 WBA contender could conceivably push the 26-2 fight back into closer contention.

At this point in time, Haye is said to be considering a number of options for what will a UK return before a potential fight in his second home of Dubai – with a future rematch with Klitschko or a fight for any recognised belt looking a consdierably long way off.

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