David Haye returns to the Heavyweight scene on January 16th at the O2 Arena versus WBA top ten-ranked undefeated fighter Mark De Mori.
InstantBoxing.com’s Calvin Khan caught up with ‘The Hayemaker’ not too long ago discussing his return to the division.
After three and a half years away from the sport The Bermondsey Banger believes an era of exciting heavyweight boxing is finally upon us.
“I believe the heavyweight landscape is more exciting now than it was three or four years ago, I don’t know if it’s tougher, but it sure is a healthy division, to find out if it’s tougher I would have to get in the ring with these guys.”
The former WBA champion believes there is now a good crop of fighters out there for fans to get back into heavyweight boxing. “You have the WBC champion [Deontay] Wilder who is an exciting fighter, Anthony Joshua is a fine, upcoming boxer, who is knocking on the door of a world title opportunity and also Dillian Whyte is a good fighter too, I’d love to chuck myself into the mix and see what happens. Although my focus is on Mark De Mori as of now, there is no point thinking about other fights if I don’t do a job on the Dominator.”
Haye’s return is about reaching the pinnacle of the sport, to become undisputed Heavyweight king, just as he did in the Cruiserweight division defeating Jean-Marc Mormeck and Enzo Maccarinnelli in ferocious fashion. “I believe I am the best of the bunch. However it’s one thing saying it after three years out, I need to show it in my performance against De Mori, that will give an indication as to where I am after the layoff.”
The link up with Shane McGuigan will allow Haye to fight more frequently, whilst the Hayemaker firmly believes he has yet to reach his full potential in the ring.
“In an ideal world I would like to fight three times a year, I don’t care April, August, December as repeatedly as possible. My new plan is to fight more often, I always had long breaks, I’ve never been able to be the fighter I could be because of the long inactivity. Fighting more regularly will allow me to be sharper and better.”
With the division wide open after Tyson Fury’s emphatic win over Heavyweight emperor Wladimir Klitschko, the routes to a world title are plenty. With Wilder holding the WBC crown, Glazkov and Martin battling it out for the IBF strap, similarly Ruslan Chagaev holding the WBA Regular belt and Fury holding the WBA, WBO and IBO belts, the options are not limited. “I am not looking at any particular route, the choices are vast but we must remember the “route” doesn’t go anywhere if I don’t get past Mark De Mori in January 2016.”
Pick up tickets to David Haye vs. Mark De Mori at: www.axs.com/uk/events/301595/haye-day-tickets