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‘The ultimate goal is the Klitschkos’ says Haye’s trainer

STUDENT AND APPRENTICE: Booth alongside Haye

THE TRAINER of heavyweight boxer David Haye is gratified by his fighter’s reasons for making an in-ring comeback at the Manchester Arena on June 29.

Adam Booth has worked alongside the two-weight world champion since Haye first turned professional in 2002.

The former WBA heavyweight titleholder and undisputed cruiserweight champion announced his retirement in October 2011, only to change his mind and compete in a grudge match against Dereck Chisora last July after the pair were embroiled in a brawl at a press conference in February 2012.

The 32-year-old has not had a bout since stopping Chisora in the fifth round of their fight but has since appeared on reality television programme I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! in November.

But Booth is glad that Haye is making his return to boxing, especially as their “ultimate goal” is to secure a world title shot against either world champion, Vitali or Wladimir Klitschko.

He told the Voice of Sport: “I’m pleased that he’s serious about it. If I thought that there weren’t genuine reasons and his heart wasn’t in it I’d be a little bit upset and anxious but my overriding feeling is that I’m happy and excited because he badly wants to do this.”

No opponent has been announced for June 29 but Booth indicated that Haye, who could possibly also fight in November too, will take on someone ranked inside the top 15 in all four of the major governing bodies.

He also accused Vitali, the older Klitschko brother, of being deceitful for not granting Haye a world title contest after his win over Chisora.


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“Here’s the thing – he (Haye) loses to Wlad [in July 2011] and that night Vitali says ‘you’re better than I thought you were, David. I want to fight you’. He then says he wants to knock him out. He then fights Dereck Chisora.

“After the Dereck Chisora fight in the press conference before the scuffle Bernd Bonte, their manager says ‘here’s elimination: David fight Dereck and the winner fights Vitali’. Fine.

“We did the Dereck fight, David knocks Dereck out, they turn around and say ‘Vitali’s not fighting you now because you fought Dereck in July; it’s not enough time for us to sell show in September’. Yet after he knocked out Dereck in July they then did the announcement of the [Manuel] Charr fight [that took place in September 2012]. It makes no sense and because it makes no sense, David’s fed up waiting around and is going to try to force his position.”

Haye’s comeback in Manchester also sees the reestablishment of Hayemaker Promotions, which Booth and Haye formed in 2008.

The company had a deal with sports channel Setanta Sports before the broadcasters went bankrupt in June 2009, which forced Hayemaker Promotions to stop doing shows, until now. “We always liked controlling our own ship, we always like doing our own thing,” said Booth.

“It’s what we’ve done from day one. So this time round, we sat down, talked about it – once I knew he was serious – and said ‘ok, how should we do this? Should we work with a promoter or should I be the promoter?’ David said ‘what do you reckon?’ [I said] ‘we’ll do it’. We know what we’re doing.”

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