David Haye is back in the headlines again, this time because trainer Adam Booth has told the media that the former world champion is making a comeback fight on June 29 at Manchester Arena. The formal announcement of the opponent is due to take place mid-April, and many suspect that Haye is challenging top 10 ranked competitors in order to get a mandatory challenger fight against one of the Klitschko brothers.
Haye desperately wants to fight older brother Vitali, but it taking a more traditional route to the fight instead of his previous publicity stunts. These have worked well in the past, but Haye believes following his visit to the Jungle in I’m A Celebrity, he now has a wider demographic of women and young adults not just hardened boxing fans.
Booth is confident of signing the paperwork for the next opponent, but is tight lipped as to who it might be. Boxing pundit Steve Bunce believes that it could be heavyweight contender Manuel Charr. Manuel was the last person to fight Vitali Klitschko where he had his only career loss (the fight was stopped in round 4 due to a severe cut) but has bounced back with first and second round stoppages over his last opponents. Other less likely opponents include Alexander Povetkin (ranked #6) or Kubrat Pulev (ranked #3).
Although some believe Haye is just after another pay day, I believe that there is more to it. Haye is very commercially appealing, and could follow any number of other less painful routes in his career to make big bucks. This is about having that final shot at the heavyweight crown, and securing his legacy. Whether hardened boxing fans like it or not, it’s always going to be a big and exciting event when David Haye gets into the ring.