Reapplying David Haye To The Heavyweight Mix
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Correspondent
London, UK (March 27, 2013)– Now that David ‘Hayemaker’ Haye, 32, has reapplied to the British Boxing Board of Control to have a boxing license issued to him in 2013, an assessment must be made as to where David Haye reapplies into the current mix of heavyweight contenders and prospects in 2013 and 2014. Since David is not retiring after all, but the 41 year of Dr. Vitali Klitschko apparently may retire after all without fighting Haye. At stake then will be Vitali’s World Boxing Council World Heavyweight title belt.
Which heavyweights could David Haye fight in his two fight comeback?
The first consideration is Haye has been out of the ring since July 2012, so the first of the two comeback bouts would be more of a tune up in Great Britain. The second Haye comeback bout would need to be more of a challenge to qualify for a vacant WBC World Heavyweight title bout as a legitimate 12 round WBC eliminator.
If Haye opted to do a only one fight instead of two before challenging for a world title, Haye could fight one tune up and then go after the winner of the Dr. Wladimir Klitschko versus 28-0-1 Francisco Pianeta WBA-WBO-IBF-IBO world title bout in May. Or David could fight the WBA regular world champion Alexander Povetkin.
David Haye Opponent Number One: Tony Thompson. British boxing fans noted Thompson needed only two rounds to knock out and dispose of British pretender David Price. Another option might be Polish heavyweight Mariusz Wach in London.
David Haye Opponent Number Two: Michael Sprott. The former Prizefighter tournament and European Heavyweight champion could be a decent tune up.
David Haye Opponent number Three: Edmund Gerber. The Kazakhstan heavyweight out of Germany is now 23-1 and could provide a good ‘test’.
David Haye Opponent Number Four: Gbenga Olukun. The Nigerian trial horse out of Germany has beaten Konstantin Airich and Lamon Brewster.
David Haye Opponent Number Five: Vyacheslav Glazkov. An unbeaten adngeorus Ukrainian fighter. He could be Haye’s opponent in a WBC vacant world title fight.
David Haye Opponent Number Six: Kubrat Pulev. The unbeaten Bulgarian contender could be another of Haye’s opponents in a WBC vacant world title fight.
David Haye Opponent Number Seven: Arthur Szpilka. The unbeaten Polish heavyweight could also be Haye’s opponent in a WBC vacant world title fight.
David Haye’s Opponent number Eight: Winner of the Steve Cunningham versus Tyson Fury heavyweight bout. Haye has been itching for Fury, but it depends.
David Haye’s Opponent number Nine: Johnathon Banks. Considering Banks dispatching of Seth Mitchell, this would be a dangerous bout for Haye to take.
David Haye’s Opponent Number 10: Robert Helenius. Perhaps the most dangerous fight David Haye could take. If both men are healthy, this bout means a WBC world title war! The winner would be the fight who wanted it a little bit more.
David Haye’s Opponent Number 11: Americans Bryan Jennings or Deontay Wilder, touted prospects, could be in Haye’s future. Tomasz Adamek could also be a possible challenge to Haye in a world title bout. Any of the three challengers could give David Haye a run for his money.
David Haye Opponent Number 12: The winner of the Chris Arreola versus Bermane Stiverne heavyweight bout could get a shot at Haye for the vacant WBC world title. If not, Uzbekistan fighter Ruslan Chagaev could fight Haye for the title.
David Haye Opponents Number 12 Through 15: Manuel Charr, Franklin Lawrence, Eddie Chambers or Odlanier Solis Fonte could all be candidates to fight David Haye-if nobody else is available or wants to fight Haye.
Of the entire list, a solid victory by David Haye over Robert Helenius, Alexander Povetkin, Tony Thompson or Johnathon Banks would force Dr. Vitali Klitschko to either fight Haye, or get stripped of the title if Vitali does not choose to retire soon.
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