Pictured: David Haye spars ‘closer in weight’ Ricky Hatton as comeback preparations continue


Former world heavyweight champion David Haye is putting in the rounds as his recuparation from a serious injury continues.

The 35 year-old damaged his achilles in the build-up to fighting Tony Bellew in March and agravated it further during the fight, eventually requiring surgery.

Ahead of a potential return to action this year, Haye sparred with ex-pound for pound star Ricky Hatton this week, a session which would have been nigh on impossible ten years ago when ‘The Hitman’ was campaigning at super-lightweight.

“Always great to spend time with British Boxing Royalty and old buddy Ricky Hatton,” said Haye. “We’re a little closer in weight than when in his fighting days, but he still packs a punch!” he added.

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Haye has seemingly cooled on a second fight with Bellew as his recent nemesis contemplates a catchweight clash with Andre Ward, whilst the Londoner may need at least a warm-up fight anyway.

The ex-unified cruiserweight king believes he’s still got one more world title shot left in him despite a spate of injuries since 2011, coupled with an extended retirement during 2012 and 2016.

Options for his next bout would be, like his initial comeback, anyone in the top 10 world rankings, although his fans will be hoping for more of a test than Mark de Mori or Arnold Gjergjaj managed last year.