Two-weight world title holder David Haye, who is set to announce a return to boxing in the imminent future, is adamant that he can still mix it with the big heavyweight names.
During the Londoner’s three years away, Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua have firmly taken over as the best of British in the top division, although Haye would be a welcome addition when he finally steps back into the ring.
Haye last fought when looking good dispatching of compatriot Dereck Chisora at West Ham Stadium, until injuries scuppered plans for a UK super-fight with Fury on not one, but two occasions.
Almost 40 months later, Haye has stated his desire to return and hopes to once again rule as world champion following his amazing win over Nikolai Valuev on what was his greatest night back in 2009.
The ‘Hayemaker’ would need a world ranking in order to face current rulers Deontay Wilder, old foe Wladimir Klitschko or even WBA ‘regular’ champion Ruslan Chagaev, so has to hit the ground running by sharing the ring with a top 15 contender.
Should ‘The Hayemaker’ go his old WBA route, the likes of Matias Vidondo, Andrey Fedosov and the winner of Robert Helenius v Erkan Teper would certainly come into play, whilst with the WBC, Carlos Takam, Tony Thompson, Chris Arreola and Japan’s Kyotaro Fujimoto would be looked at favourably for Haye.
Any one of those would see Haye begin as favourite, even taking into account the long gap between fights and could eventually lead to a massive all-UK dust-up with Fury or Joshua in the next twelve months.
Should Fury lose to Klitschko next month when they collide in Dusseldorf, the door would still be open for the pair to rekindle their rivalry and would represent a lucrative payday for both.
Haye would be wise to wait to see just how that fight pans out next month, and once the furore dies down, possibly approach the defeated fighter for his comeback clash – just to gain a sufficient ranking to eventually challenge for the crown.
By his own admission, Haye is not looking for a warm-up bout, but should contemplate a ten-rounder against any one of the ranked fighters mentioned before heading into a duel with Fury, Klitschko or Joshua.