David Haye in rankings slide, now unrecognized by WBC
It wasn’t long ago when WBN announced David Haye was in line to challenge WBC title holder Deontay Wilder due to a successful comeback coupled with a steady world ranking.
At the time, Haye was highly rated by the WBA and IBO, although times have now changed with three of the five major organizations. Haye has dropped from four to seven with the WBA and is as low as seventeen with the IBO.
To add insult to Haye’s absence, the prestigious World Boxing Council no longer rank the ‘Hayemaker’ despite previously rating the former unified cruiserweight king in the top five.
It seems Haye’s failure to sign up to the new drug testing programme is to blame, whilst his lack of action won’t be helping his current situation.
As Haye aims for another shot at the big time, only the WBO and IBF continue to offer the Londoner an outlet to once again fulfil his dream of ruling the top division for the first time in five years.
The World Boxing Organisation have put Haye forward to meet the winner of Joseph Parker v Andy Ruiz for their newly vacated title, whilst the International Boxing Federation have placed the 36 year-old for a possible final eliminator against Kubrat Pulev.
That move could mean a future mandatory situation opposite compatriot Anthony Joshua, although Haye would be more inclined to take the WBO up on their offer of pitting his wits against Parker or Ruiz.
Whispers of an interim WBA chance, potentially against Manuel Charr continue to do the rounds despite secrecy over Haye’s return to action following a failed clash with Shannon Briggs.