Former unified cruiserweight and WBA heavyweight champion David “Hayemaker” Haye, 26-2 (24), looks ever more likely to be making his return to the ring in the not too distance future, with rumours circulating that he is set to relaunch his career stateside.
Haye has not fought since stopping Dereck Chisora in July 2012, and has endured a frustrating period of injuries and cancellations since, most notably two proposed dates with Tyson Fury, due to a cut in sparring, followed by a shoulder injury, doctors advised him that ruptured tendons in his shoulder would prevent him from continuing.
After undergoing surgery on his shoulder, Haye feared that he would be forced into retirement, but after a successful rehab process, the “Hayemaker” has his eyes firmly set on another world title.
Haye has indicated that an official announcement will be made in the coming weeks, but all recent talk indicates a split from long term trainer/manager Adam Booth. There have also been reports of Haye training in Las Vegas with Ismael Salas, as well as holding positive talks with the enigma that is advisor Al Haymon. Haymon is more and more becoming a major influence in the boxing world, and could guide Haye into a mandatory position with relative ease.
At 34, time is not on Haye’s side, so expect him to take the quickest possible route to a title shot. Newly crowned WBC champion Bermane Stiverne will no doubt be on his radar, as well as Ruslan Chagaev, who holds a WBA regular bauble. Promoter Eddie Hearn has recently expressed his desire to match his prospect Anthony Joshua with Haye in a potential 2015 stadium fight, although talk of that does seem somewhat premature at this stage of Joshua’s career.
In June of this year, Haye’s trainer Booth admitted that his boxer could be returning to the ring by “September or October.”
The news brought about a string of sports fans’ bets, which was later spurred on by one tongue-in-cheek quote from the man himself. Haye told iFL TV: “I’ll have nights in the future to talk about. If I was a betting man, I’d bet that I’ll fight in September or October.”
Now, sports bettors are putting their money on the potential opponent for Haye later this month. In July this year, it was rumoured that Haye, nicknamed ‘The Hayemaker’, had set his sights on a rematch with world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko. Haye said at the time: “I’m not looking at fighting any big, massive names, I haven’t been in the ring for two years. It’d be stupid, particularly after coming back from a shoulder injury, to get in there for a life and death fight. It makes no sense to anybody.”
However, he has now voiced his opinions on the current British heavyweight scene, spurring him on even more to make a comeback. He said: “The heavyweight division is a bit fragmented now. There are a few paths I could go down depending on the route I want, and that’s being worked on at the moment.
“I will be heavyweight champion again – it’s just which way I go and how long it takes.”
A couple of routine wins, and boxing’s Marmite man will be right back in the shake up. Love him or loathe him, David Haye certainly adds some much needed excitement to the heavyweight division.