David Haye, aged 33, has proved a controversial figure throughout his career but over the last few years some would say he has lowered his reputation and even go as far as to say that he is a joke.

Such sentiments are not held by myself and seem extremely harsh on a man who has achieved fantastic things in his career.

To have been a unified cruiserweight world champion and WBA heavyweight champion is excellent and shows the skill of the man in question.

Excellent fighter

Haye is an exciting fighter with great speed and power who has 24 knock outs from 26 wins and he is a man who creates a buzz for the sport both from boxing fans and from the general public.

Having faced a career threatening shoulder injury and come through successfully Haye seems determined to make a real commitment to the sport and has mentioned a return later this year.

Haye would like a couple of fights to get back into the flow of things having not fought in the ring since facing Dereck Chisora some two years ago.

As always Haye has his eyes set of the highest prizes and would like to get involved in title fights but he seems aware that he will have to earn his shot and will not be able to walk into such opportunities as he was once able to.

There is now a list of heavyweights who are ahead of him in the pecking order including the likes of former sparring partner Deontay Wilder who looks set to face the new WBC champion Bermane Stiverne sometime this year.

Haye: Boxing celebrity

Should Haye return successfully and move on to bigger fights he would be good for the sport of boxing. His celebrity status means that his fights get a level of support that isn't often present for our sport in this country.

He brings lots of casual fans into the sport and that is always a good thing. Should he return one thing that is for certain is that there will be plenty of entertainment.

Yes he has handled some incidents badly in his career including coming out and complaining about his broken toe after the loss to Wladimir Klitschko, but who hasn't made mistakes?

A returning David Haye is only good for British boxing and he seems to have a new sense of desire and maturity.

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