David Haye: I want all the belts
British heavyweight David Haye isn’t pulling any punches with his recent comeback talk and says he wants to unify the top division – in the same way he did at the 200lb limit.
Haye, who turns 35 next month, has been out of action for three and a half years but believes a return to the summit of the sport is possible and has his sights set on facing any one of the current world title holders.
“At cruiserweight I won all the belts but at heavyweight I won the WBA title, the same one held by Muhammad Ali, Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis,” Haye told The Daily Mail.
“Now I want to win all the belts and to do that you’ve got to beat Deontay Wilder and Wladimir Klitschko. I’ve been in there with Klitschko once and lost on points and I’d like to get that right.
“I’m way off that yet, I’ve got to work my way back up the rankings but I’m looking forward to doing that,” he added.
The ‘Hayemaker’ was been ticking over in the gym in his bid to keep fit enough to embark on another world title bid, although in recent interviews has looked far from the fighter he once was.
Considering his injuries and time away, it would be a considerable feat if Haye could even get close to a second fight with Klitschko or even to facing Deontay Wilder in the current climate and it’s certainly debatable whether the Londoner still has the desire when the chips are down in a long pre-fight camp.
It’s now down to Haye to prove the doubters wrong as the two-weight world champion nears a first fight since 2012 amidst a wave of scepticism from the fans on the back of one too many previous false dawns.