Exclusive: David Haye vows to be active in heavyweight title pursuit
Two-weight world title holder David Haye has informed WBN of his desire to remain busy following the announcement of his return from a 40-month absence.
The 35 year-old battles ranked contender Mark de Mori on January 16 in a bid to put himself firmly back in the reckoning after suffering years of injuries on the back of his greatest triumph over Nikolai Valuev in 2009.
Haye has his sights set on facing undefeated fellow-Brit Anthony Joshua in a massive clash over the next eighteen months and knows that activity is the key to mounting successful campaign back to the top of the sport.
“I don’t think there’ll be any need for me to take another year off after this fight,” Haye joked in an exclusive interview with World Boxing News.
“If you look at my record over the past few years, I’m probably one of the most inactive fighters on the planet. Even when I was champion there were big gaps. It was like fifteen months or something between Audley Harrison and Wladimir Klitschko.
“But it’s all good now that I’m in a good healthy condition and knowing that I can go into these fights, then three or four months later I can do it all again.”
The ‘Hayemaker’ last fought in an impressive display over Dereck Chisora in 2012 but has several question marks hanging over his head which the Londoner can answer definitively at the O2 Arena next month.
Should Haye deal with de Mori in spectacular fashion on home territory, the sky will then be the limit for the big-puncher as the heavyweight division enjoys a massive resurgence on both sides of the Atlantic.
Tickets for David Haye v Mark de Mori on January 16 at the O2 Arena in London are available here from axs.com