Doors open and close for Haye: Ranked nine by WBA but faces wait
Following a successful comeback from a lengthy absence, former world heavyweight champion David Haye is now back in the world’s top ten with the WBA.
Haye reigned as WBA king after overcoming 7ft giant Nikolai Valuev in 2009 until facing the formidable Wladimir Klitschko two years later, although the Londoner hasn’t suffered a defeat either side of his hiatus.
The 35 year-old smashed through Dereck Chisora in five rounds in 2012 and has since dealt with previously number ten-ranked Mark de Mori in just over two minutes to cement his place among the world-rated.
WBA President Gilberto Mendoza made the move just hours on from WBN placing Haye back in the Pound for Pound Top 50 at number 49 as a former two-weight world title holder and due to his run of two knockout victories.
Doors are already opening up for ‘The Hayemaker’ since his win on Saturday night as the one-time undisputed world cruiserweight king eyes an opportunity to regain the top division crown in the next twelve months.
The only problem facing Haye is the WBA’s announcement this week that a heavyweight tournament will crown one single champion at 200-pounds plus which doesn’t include the returning puncher and could leave him on the outside for the rest of this year with the World Boxing Association.
Click here to watch a video of WBA President Gilberto Mendoza outline a heavyweight tournament to see only one champion in the division
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