Five opponents David Haye should fight instead of Shannon Briggs

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David Haye needs to chase bigger fights

Desired David Haye opponents

5. Bermane Stiverne

Stiverne’s main selling point is that he is a former WBC world champion, and his reign didn’t end years and years ago. He may not have been the most formidable champion – he won the vacant title by beating Chris Arreola and lost it in his first defence against Deontay Wilder in January 2015 – but his championship run makes him a marketable name.

It also means he can mix it at world level, and would be a credible opponent for Haye – who desperately needs a competitive fight. Stiverne is ranked No 2 by the WBC, and could be elevated to No 1 should drugs cheat Alexander Povetkin be jettisoned from the rankings (and he really, really should).

He may also just be enough of a soft target for Haye to go for. He looked poor in outpointing Derric Rossy last November, and he was soundly beaten by Wilder.

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