British heavyweight David Haye is set to make a dramatic return to the ring in the coming months and he has reiterated his desire for a rematch against the unified world title holder Wladimir Klitschko, whom he lost to almost three years ago.
The former world heavyweight and world cruiserweight champion underwent five hours of surgery in Germany last year to reconstruct his right shoulder, and was told to seriously consider ending his decorated 11-year professional boxing career.
However, after almost two years since his last bout against Dereck Chisora which he won by a fifth round knockout, the Hayemaker is now planning a comeback fight with either the winner of next month’s fight between Chisora and Tyson Fury or Bernane Stiverne, in September or October.
Haye then, after finding his feet again and testing how his shoulder holds up, will aim to set up a redemption rematch with Klitschko before the 38-year-old steps away from the sport for good.
“To jump straight back into a world-title fight would be stupid. I need build up fights to get back into that position and challenge for titles,” he told Gulf News.
“To get back into the ring with Wladimir would be a dream come true for me because I know I can beat that guy on my day when all guns are firing. It’s one thing saying it and another thing doing it, but I'm willing to walk the walk. There’s no doubt I have a few wrongs to right and I'm currently on my mission.”
The 34-year-old is planning to contest two or three fights a year before attempting to reclaim a world title in two years time, when he hopes of avenging his 2011 WBA title defeat to his Ukrainian foe.
Haye has also stated that he wants to start with a low-key comeback this autumn simply to test his recovery, but he is well aware that he will need to jump back into the top ten rankings as quickly as possible, as there are a host of fighters queuing up for a chance at Klitschko and the new WBC belt holder Stiverne.
The IBF mandatory challenger is Kubrat Pulev, whom Klitschko is set to face in the next few months, whilst Stiverne is set to face the formidable Deontay Wilder and then the winner of next month’s clash between Bryant Jennings and Mike Perez.
Not forgetting the winner of Fury v Chisora plus recent winners Carlos Takam and Alexander Povetkin have to be added to that list, meaning that the top division is filled with potential world title challengers.
Haye must now join the back of the queue, unless of course he can prove that he still has his boxing talents and the injury isn't hindering him in any way.
The British fighter, who has won 26 of his 28 fights, with 26 of those ending by way of knockout, has already identified the location of where he would like to hold his comeback bout.
“I want to have one of my big comeback fights in Dubai,” he said. “It’s no secret I want to become heavyweight champion of the world again and I want Dubai to be part of that.
“If the call was there for it and the venue was right, the weather is perfect in September and an open-air stadium would work quite nicely.
“All my fights are sell-outs, I've fought in front of 50,000 people, but Dubai hasn't had that. People always ask me why there’s no big-time boxing in Dubai. But there’s a big market for it, people love boxing and high-end sport. It would also attract all the names from the movies and the music industry. Dubai could use a bit of that, as it’s the perfect city for that sort of event.”
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