Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye is fast becoming known as the king of false dawns as the Londoner continues to look some distance away from stepping back in the ring anytime soon.
Turning 35 next month, and in between posting pictures of nights out and safari park adventures via social media, Haye is in the gym in an attempt to keep ticking over for a potential return to boxing at some point in the future.
Without a trainer, manager or promoter, Haye has made announcements in the past that meetings had taken place and that a comeback is on, but the sobering fact is that the ‘Hayemaker’ hasn’t fought for three and a quarter years for one reason or another.
Injuries that halted promised fights with Manuel Charr and Tyson Fury have long since been addressed, although the extent of the career-threatening shoulder problem could well be more of a stumbling block for Haye than first revealed moving forward.
The fighter himself has insisted in the past that the surgery he underwent in late 2013 won’t block a 29th professional contest, although at the moment it is looking increasingly unlikely that Haye will ever grace an arena again.
Almost forty months out is a long time when you are aiming to face the likes of Deontay Wilder ‘within two or three fights’ and Haye’s frequent appearances on pop culture TV would suggest that his full attention may no longer be on the sport he once ruled.
In my view, Haye is much-needed in the heavyweight ranks as real characters are few and far between at the top level, but whether that actually comes to fruition is another story as the desire of the boxer himself to compete may no longer be there.