WELCOMED RETURN: British boxer David Haye
DAVID HAYE has announced that he will return to the ring on January 16 against little known Australian, Mark de Mori, as he looks to regain the world heavyweight title.
The Briton will fight for the first time in nearly four years when he takes to the ring at London's O2 Arena in two months time.
But according to the former champion, this is just the beginning as he hopes a win will lead to a bout with the impressive Anthony Joshua and a rematch with current champion Wladimir Klitschko.
Haye said: “I believe I can achieve again all that I did in the past with world titles at cruiserweight and heavyweight. There have been times with my horrendous injuries and my body falling apart that I wondered if I could do it.
“There were some low times, but I travelled the world and had the best time I could. But I am a natural-born fighter and I want to get back doing what I do best.”
His last fight was against Dereck Chisora, who he knocked out in July 2012 and he appears confident he can do the same to De Mori.
The 35-year-old clearly expects Klitschko to beat Tyson Fury on Saturday (Nov 28), as he said: “Tyson’s not on my radar anymore unless he beats Klitschko. I gave him only a one-in-20 shot of doing that. When big heavyweights hit each other you can get surprises but Tyson has never fought at world level before.
“To come in and do that for the first time when the best guy you have ever fought is only Chisora suggests he will have a very tough night against such a consummate professional as Klitschko.”
Haye had been due to fight Fury twice before but pulled out due to injury. De Mori will not be a walkover for him though as the 33-year-old has won 31 if his 32 fights, 26 of them by knockout and his last defeat was a decade ago.
Despite his maturing years and injury problems since beating Chisora, it is clear that the pugilist sees Joshua as his eventual opponent.
He added: “I’ve always wanted the chance to fight Klitschko again. I’ve felt his power and believe I can handle it. Joshua is exciting and if he gets to the other champion, Deontay Wilder, before I do then a fight between us would be even more gigantic.
“He is an exciting young talent and we’ll see if he can fulfil his potential.”