David Haye Can Have Another Run in the Heavyweight Division

Published 09/08/2021, 8:57 AM EDT


The return of David Haye on September 11 will see the former two-division champion go up against Joe Fournier, who doesn’t share a similar status with him. 9-0 as a pro boxer, Fournier is far away from touching the absolute height of success in the combat world. So, despite his three-year hiatus, Haye will clearly come in as a massive favorite.

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The 40-year-old has claimed that he is in perfect shape. Furthermore, he has already hinted at being active after the upcoming fight, but not at the cost of overlooking his opponent.

Despite making bold claims, David Haye has constantly clarified that he will not make an instant decision about being active in the modern age. However, he hasn’t scrapped the chances too.

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That said, Triller’s Ryan Kavanaugh might have planned something massive for ‘Hayemaker’. In a chat with Sky Sports, he teased several possibilities about Haye’s combat future, but finalized nothing.

When asked whether the Brit can compete against Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, or Lennox Lewis, Kavanaugh said, “Maybe.”

He added, “I couldn’t tell you who it is,” before explaining that both US fighters and UK fighters are on the deck.

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Hence, the nearing fight will be extremely important for David Haye as the prolific boxer cannot afford to lose against Fournier if he has aspirations of sticking around. Despite his three-year hiatus, he is fighting fit and has his veteran experience to fall back on against the 9-0 boxer.

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As the eight-round heavyweight contest has reportedly been turned into a professional contest, both men can aim to knock each other out, further intensifying their collision. In that aspect, they both are harsh hitters. Haye has scored 26 KOs in a career of 28-4. Meanwhile, Fournier has scored all 9 of his wins via stoppage.

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Thus, their upcoming fight can produce sheer violence. As Fournier has been active, he will not have to spend time shaking off the cobwebs in the ring. Hence, he could look to use that to his advantage on September 11 and finish Haye before ‘Hayemaker’ gets into his groove.

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Do you think David Haye still has a lot left inside? Or will he fall to Joe Fournier on the Holyfield vs Belfort undercard?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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