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Haye is eagerly awaiting the WBA's decision but isn't overly optimistic about his chances.

David Haye not hopeful of WBA title shot any time soon

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David Haye is sceptical over his chances of receiving a world title shot from the WBA as the board deliberate over what road to go down as far as their vacant titles are concerned. 

The former WBA world heavyweight champion is ranked at number six and isn't exactly feeling positive over his chances of getting first tilt at their belts, telling IFLTV: "Unfortunately boxing doesn't work like that, with who I want to fight.

"The other person has to want to fight, the governing body has to want me to fight, and there are a lot of people with legal claims that they should get the next shot.

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"There's rankings - I'm not ranked that high. You've probably got about five fighters ranked above me. For me to jump in and do that, I would love that to happen. I'm not sure they are going to do a rejig of the rankings, I've got no clue, but whatever the decision is, we'll all take it from there.

"I'm not that fussed, regardless of what happens, regardless of what decisions they make, it will all be for the greater good, whatever it is. [In] 2017 I will be heavyweight champion again, I know it."

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The WBA's 'Super' and 'Regular' belts are both vacant after incumbent champion Tyson Fury stepped down and a fight between IBF champion Anthony Joshua and former unified champion Wladimir Klitschko fell through. 

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Imminent decision

The board are set to announce their decision imminently after a decision making process that has lasted over a week and has been described as 'difficult'. Australia's Lucas Browne, who won the 'Regular' belt back in March, is the favourite to be involved in a vacant title bout. 

Browne was stripped of his title almost immediately after beating Ruslan Chagaev to win it as he failed a drugs test but the unbeaten 37-year-old is buoyant about his chances of getting another shot at a version of the WBA championship. 

He tweeted: "So now that Klitschko is out injured, the question still remains for myself: Who, when, where and for the WBA regular or the WBA super title?"

The WBA has an intriguing choice to make but one can't help but think a fight between Haye and Browne would be a high octane bout worthy of the occasion. If this fight doesn't materialise, as Haye suggests, he could focus his attention on a domestic showdown with bitter rival Tony Bellew.

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David Haye
Manny Pacquiao
Wladamir Klitschko
Boxing
Floyd Mayweather
Vitali Klitschko

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