Former heavyweight champion David Haye is hopeful ex-sparring partner Deontay Wilder can pick up the world title against Bermane Stiverne later this year, but admits that he has plenty to do before he can be in a position to challenge for a belt.
The 33 year-old is said to be scouting an opponent for an imminent return to the ring, possibly in September, and will be an avid spectator when Wilder is handed his mandatory shot at WBC title holder Bermane Stiverne at in the near future.
“Stiverne versus Wilder is an exciting fight,” Haye told sport360.com. “Both are good fighters and are big punchers and I think it’s about time that we got some interesting 50/50 fights for the heavyweight title.
“Watching Wladimir hold and lever his way to victory against guys who are 200/1 underdogs; people don’t really want to tune in for that. People are interested in Stiverne even though they never heard of him before.
“He’s a heavyweight who lets his hands go, but he’s vulnerable, so putting these guys together makes it exciting and I’d like to get into the mix sooner rather than later and have some fun fights for the fans.
“Wilder has his sights solely locked on winning the title and fingers crossed he does do that because he’s an exciting guy, he’s a nice guy. I’ve brought him over to the UK to help me prepare for fights as my sparring partner and he did a great job. He gave me great rounds.
“He has big, exciting punches and has won all his fights by knockout. He’s at the point of competing for a world title. I’m not there yet and I have to get myself into position.
“It took him 31 fights to get into position for that title and it would take me at least two or three fights to get into that. So I plan to take it one step and fight at a time.”
Haye has fought just once in three years and suffered with injuries during his time out of the sport, although could still find himself back in the top ten rankings if he can score a victory over one of the current top contenders on his comeback.
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