Ex-WBA heavyweight champion David Haye has been out of the sport for almost exactly three years and that’s where he should stay, according to rival Tyson Fury’s trainer and uncle Peter.
Haye, 34, is consistently quoted calling out top name fighters in the division despite not having laced up the gloves since a 2012 summer victory over Dereck Chisora at West Ham’s Upon Park Stadium.
‘The Hayemaker’ twice pulled out of scheduled fights with Fury in the past and Peter believes that Haye no longer has any pulling power at the top level to warrant facing the likes of Deontay Wilder, Wladimir Klitschko or even his own nephew for that matter.
“What we have there is David Haye trying to gate-crash and cherry pick his way to the top,” Peter Fury told Buncey’s Boxing Podcast.
“You know he’s no longer the big superstar he thinks he is, and the world needs to know, he bottled it with Tyson, we saw it with Klitscho too, he ran away from him and blamed it on his toe.
“It’s a man’s sport and we’re fighting, don’t listen to the crap that comes out of his mouth. It’s useless, someone who wants to fight for the money, but when you’re up against it, you do a runner. That’s how we look at him.
“He’s a pretty boy and it’s the actions of a fool and they want him to go straight to the top, and get a world title shot?
“It’s absolute crazy, he wants to stay retired,” he added.
Anthony Joshua is another name being put forward as a potential for Haye upon his prolonged return, although the Londoner will need to show he can still be a force in boxing following a career-threatening injury and a split from long-time trainer Adam Booth.