David Haye has eliminated one phrase from any questions on his return to boxing.
‘It isn’t a comeback,’ Haye swiftly interrupts when he’s teased about his dramatic re-entry to the game on the age of 40.
One of many sport’s biggest showmen, Haye has been on the centre of beautiful plot twists, so we should not be so stunned that he’s again for another encore.
The again story to his newest bout, a battle for bragging rights together with his buddy Joe Fournier couldn’t be more unusual.
Fournier, an unbeaten light-heavyweight fighter, joined Haye on a current vacation to Greece, and a raucous debate broke out over dinner about who would win a struggle between the pair.
Brash statements have been made, contracts have been drawn up and Haye will face Fournier on a chaotic Los Angeles struggle card that additionally options the returning boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya towards a former UFC champion Vitor Belfort.
“It is actually simply to settle a private rating with my buddy,” Haye insists.
“Actually simply to beat my buddy up and say, ‘See, I instructed you I am higher than you,’ however now it is turned out to be this large occasion.”
Imagine what you need, Haye is again.
What if the group requires another, simply minutes after he swiftly dispatches Fournier, and greater, much more profitable fights are listed in his farewell interview?
That is simply me settling a rating with a buddy of mine.
“It is a good level, to not make any selections when the adrenaline is flowing after you have simply overwhelmed somebody I am a 100-1 favorite to beat,” admits Haye.
“Undoubtedly do not make any selections proper there, however this, as I’ve stated from my press launch, this isn’t a comeback. That is simply me settling a rating with a buddy of mine.”
Haye already is aware of what occurs when veins are pumping and voices are raised.
Tony Bellew’s stinging post-fight insults have been fortunately acquired by Haye.
However 4 years, two defeats to the Liverpudlian and a torn Achilles later, the previous world champion is simply edging ever so barely out of retirement.
Any engaging speak in regards to the future will probably be laughable if his advancing age and lingering accidents end in a disastrous evening.
Would a loss to Fournier characterize a nightmare ending?
“In fact it’s,” admits Haye.
“There should not be any model of actuality that sees me shedding this struggle.
“With two Achilles tendons snapped, I ought to have the ability to discover a method to win this struggle.
“He simply would not see my physique holding up for eight rounds, he would not see it.”
Even with Fournier, a long-term companion in entrance of him, Haye insists he won’t maintain again.
“The faster I get it over and performed with, the higher, for everyone,” he stated.
“The facility is at all times there. The facility has by no means gone anyplace. The facility has by no means been my difficulty. I’ve simply obtained to concentrate on the timing and rhythm.
“As soon as I get my timing there, it must be fairly brutal, fairly quick.”
That will probably be it, Haye assures us, a last knockout finale to a profession that included world title triumphs in two divisions.
Besides you have realized to count on the alternative from Haye, who has twice now been lured again to the game.
Absolutely there’s a state of affairs that might see Haye stick round in boxing for a bit longer?
“I do not actually see that occuring, in any respect.
“It is a one-off freaky factor that occurred.”
Not even a multi-million-pound assembly with Mike Tyson, who’s mendacity in wait for an additional opponent on the exhibition struggle circuit?
“I do not need to begin eager about stuff like that,” says Haye shortly to finish any additional queries.
“Let me simply get Joe out of the way in which. I want to return on vacation.”
Haye will want one other break from boxing.
He’ll tell us how lengthy that lasts.