2018 Likely to be Haye’s final year
Former heavyweight champion David Haye was due to face Tony Bellew in a rematch on December 17, but was forced to withdraw with a left bicep injury.
The fight has been rescheduled for May 5 and Haye appears confident of being fit in time for the bout, which he admitted will be among his last.
“I’m happy and I’m feeling good,” Haye said. “2018 is going to be an entertaining year. Potentially my last year as a competitive athlete so I want to go out with fireworks.”
A repeat performance of his last fight with Bellew could spell disaster for what has been a good career yet problematic at times. The high point was obviously Haye’s 2009 win over Nikolai Valuev when ‘David met Goliath’ and many would say there have been few highs since then.
A loss to longtime heavyweight kingpin Wladimir Klitschko in 2011 was followed up by an impressive knockout of Dereck Chisora before Haye was out of action for four years. He’s had three fights in the two years since then, amassing all of fourteen rounds. That’s not exactly been ideal preparation for Haye despite surgeries for injuries being declared successful.
If Haye should be able to turn back the clock against Bellew, a potential matchup against Anthony Joshua is definitely a viable possibility. A fight between the two would easily sell out Wembley Stadium for the summer.
By: Chris Henderson