Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye wants the chance to win back his old title despite new unified king Tyson Fury stating he would never give him the opportunity.
Haye, 35, returns on January 16 in his quest to regain the crown he held from 2009 to 2011, although faces at least a year of winning fights in order to gain the number one spot he craves.
Even then, ‘The Hayemaker’ is doubtful of being given his shot as long as Fury remains at the top following the Morecambe native’s stunning victory over Wladimir Klitschko at the weekend.
“One of the first statement’s he made was, ‘I’m not fighting David Haye!’ and ‘I’m not fighting Deontay Wilder!’ Haye told Sky Sports.
“The two biggest punchers in the division and the two people that would be favourite to knock him out, he’s already said he’s not fighting them – straight away. It shows the type of guy he is, in my opinion.
“I’ll work my way to mandatory and if he gives me the belt I’ll fight number two for it, but he’ll be standing there with no belts as at some stage you have to fight the best.
“I want his belts. If he has them, great or if he loses to Klitschko in the rematch I want Klitschko. He currently has the belts today, but by the time I’m mandatory he may not have the belts,” he pointed out.
Fury v Klitschko II was written into the fight contract between the Briton and the Ukrainian before their Dusseldorf encounter, although the ex-title holder is yet to formally open negotiations or make his intentions abundantly clear.