Exclusive: David Haye praises Al Haymon for ‘looking out for boxers’

Phil Jay 05/12/2015

Returning heavyweight David Haye has thrown his backing behind controversial figure Al Haymon and his Premier Boxing Champions brand in a recent interview with WBN.

The 35 year-old, who is on his way back following over three years from the sport, was linked to signing with Haymon over the past few months and says there is a possibility that both can work together in the future.

Haye, who last fought when stopping Dereck Chisora in 2012, takes on Australian Mark de Mori on January 16 in London as the ‘Hayemaker’ aims to get back in the mix to fight the current crop of world champions.

Due to the purses being afforded by Haymon, who has received some criticism for the amount of fighters he’s signed and number of TV networks he works with, Haye sees working with the Floyd Mayweather handler as inevitable at some point.

“You never know what the future holds,” Haye exclusively told World Boxing News.

“At the moment, I’m focused solely on this promotion now, but Al Haymon is doing some fantastic things and has pretty much signed up everyone. So if you want to do anything in boxing, at one stage or another you’re going to have to either work directly with the man or work through one of his promoters or television networks.

“He’s got it all locked down with Deontay Wilder and pretty much every other heavyweight outside of Wladimir Klitschko, so he’s signing up a lot of fighters and giving those fighters a lot of work and a lot of money, so the boxing world needs more people like him, to be honest.

“I know a lot of fighters who have signed with Al and every single one of them has told me they have been paid more and fight more regularly than any other time in their career. I don’t listen to other promoters or managers who seem to be jealous of what he’s doing. I just talk to boxers, and every boxer I know has told me he’s produced what he promised.

“For me, you’ve got to respect somebody like that. There aren’t many people out there that boxers have a good thing to say about.

“As long as boxers are getting paid good, because boxing is the toughest sport on the planet, and for many, many years boxers have been ripped off and been taken advantage of to do things that aren’t really good for their career.

“So now you get someone who’s looking out for the boxers. Some people might not think it’s good for the sport or whatever, but I’m a fighter and I just care about the fighters. I just want the fighters to get what they deserve.”

The likes of world champions Lee Selby, Jamie McDonnell and James DeGale have all improved their bank balances in the past few months by crossing the Atlantic to fight as Haymon builds his stronghold of domination over boxing from his United States base.