By James Slater
Currently sidelined by a hand injury, David Haye spoke with Sky Sports in Newcastle yesterday evening, telling his interviewer how his big plan/goal is to challenge WBC heavyweight king Vitali Klitschko after Vitali has fought current WBC #1 contender Bermane Stiverne.
Haye, who said he hopes to be able to be punching again with his left hand in three weeks or so, made it clear he wants to become heavyweight champ for a second time.
“Hopefully [the Vitali fight happens] as that’s the goal, to regain the championship,” Haye said. “Vitali Klitschko has to fight a guy, I can’t remember his name (Stiverne), an American guy who beat Chris Arreola a couple of weeks back. If it does happen [the fight with Vitali] it probably won’t happen until next year – so I’m just going to stay active as much as I can without getting injured. I’m looking forward to getting back into the mix of things.”
When asked about his postponed/cancelled June 29th bout with Manuel Charr, Haye said “the plan” is to reschedule the fight with the once-beaten contender once his hand is fine and once TV and stadium details can be sorted out. However, news broke yesterday about how fellow Brit Tyson Fury withdrew from purse bids for his planned IBF eliminator with unbeaten Kubrat Pulev. Fury’s promoter Mick Hennessey did not bid at all, and immediately speculation grew that Fury will now clash with Haye in an all-British blockbuster later this year – with UK tabloid The Sun going as far as to write how the match-up is “virtually guaranteed to take place this autumn.”
Steve Lillis of Box Nation reports that talks have been going on for several weeks and the fight could be announced in the next few days. He says promoters are still discussing possible venues, but a London or Manchester date in late September or early October looks likely.
Of course, neither camp is speaking about Haye vs. Fury being anything approaching a done deal yet.
As for WBC ruler Vitali, it’s not known how long he will continue to box for, before he heads into politics full-time.