Opinion | Mar 12 2017

Five fights to resurrect David Haye’s career

Ronnie McCluskey on the fights David Haye could use to get himself back
David Haye is knocked down by Tony Bellew  |  Action Images/Andrew Couldridge

IN a recent video posted to his Instagram, David Haye was candid about his future in boxing. ‘Enjoy it while it lasts,’ he said. ‘I’m only going to be here for another year and a half, two years… I’m going to be gone and I’m going to take all them belts with me.’

After last week’s crushing loss to Tony Bellew, some wonder if the end is looming that much nearer for the charismatic Londoner. Importantly though, the fighter’s hubris appears to be intact. The prognosis on the injury which badly hampered him from the sixth round onward is positive, and as improbable as it seems, a return has been tentatively slated for the back-end of 2017.

Naturally enough, Haye wants to get back on the wagon and face Bellew in an immediate rematch. Presumably he feels that with no injuries to contend with, he can finish what he started in the early rounds – keep Bellew honest with quicksilver jabs, dictate from the outside and maybe land the weapons-grade right that mostly eluded him last time. The Bomber, of course, will share the same stony conviction: busted Achilles or no, Haye was surely tiring; survive the early howitzers and gradually walk him down.