Former two division world champion David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s) says he plans on getting back in the ring in October to resume his career after a 2-year layoff caused by injuries. Haye last fought in July 2012 in stopping Dereck Chisora in the 5th.
Since that fight, Haye has missed out on three fights [Manuel Charr and Tyson Fury] due to injuries suffered in training for them.
The latest injury, a bad one to his right shoulder, required Haye to undergo a lengthy shoulder operation to repair the problem last September. He’s since been rehabbing the shoulder slowly. It’s been 10 months since the injury occurred, and he feels that he should be able to get back in the ring in October against a low level opponent. Haye doesn’t want to take any chances by fighting someone dangerous because he doesn’t want to risk injury.
“Ideally, I’d have two fights before the end of the year,” Haye said to the express.co.uk. “October’s realistic if something can be arranged for that point. I’m back in training doing my thing. I’m not looking at fighting any big, massive names, I haven’t been in the ring for two years. It’d be stupid, particularly after coming back from a shoulder injury, to get in there for a life and death fight. It makes no sense to anybody.”
Haye wants to try and get a rematch against IBF/IBO/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, but he realizes that for him to face a guy like that, he’s going to need to become his mandatory challenger because he’s not going to give him a title shot as an optional defense.
Haye doesn’t say why Wladimir would avoid him, but it’s obvious due to the combination of the danger he’d bring and the grief he gave him with his trash talking the previous time they fought back in 2011. Haye made Wladimir look stupid at times with his trash talking, and Wladimir didn’t seem to enjoy the experience. Let’s put it this way, he wasn’t ready to make nice after the fight.
Haye said “It’s not so much a low-key return. I just think it’d be stupid to match me in a 50-50 fight. Not that there’s anyone who could match me 50-50.”
Haye can make a lot of money just fighting scrubs for the next year, because no one is demanding that he gets in the ring with someone like Wladimir or Deontay Wilder right now given the severity of his shoulder injury.