Although he stated three years ago, after losing in the second match against Tony Bellew, that he would never enter the ring again, 40-year-old David Haye will still do so. It will happen on September 11th at the Thriller show hosted by a match between Oscar De La Hoya and Vitor Belfort, and the very background of the story is very interesting.
"Hayemaker" will play a match against their good friend, 38-year-old Joe Fournier. Fournier had a short boxing career, in 2015 and 2016, which he finished with eight wins from as many matches, only to return to boxing with his ninth win this year.
But he is first and foremost a successful businessman in the entertainment industry. During the joint gatherings with Haye, he challenged him to the match several times, but after multiple rejections, the former world champion agreed.
For a bet with Fournier and for charity. And he believes it will be just one match, with no intention of returning to boxing. "This should strictly be just one match. My next project is to open academies to get kids off the streets and engage them in boxing.
But I have to admit I feel nostalgic." "When Joe started to challenge me, I told him there was no way that I'm ever fighting again. But here we are, "Haye told the Daily Mail.
Boxing training awakened some old loves, although it can be seen from David's appearance that he has not given up at all.
So he doesn't rule out the possibility that this will take a little longer, although more things would have to coincide so that this exit from the ring would not be his final greeting to the sport. "Unexpected circumstances brought me to the Staples Center, a great hall where I always wanted to fight.
I have to admit that there are some chances, if something unexpectedly special happens, it could offer me a five to ten percent chance to do something even more serious. ", he explained, adding what it should be: "Lennox Lewis, I've always idolized him.
I couldn't refuse the honor of sharing a ring with such a giant of the sport. He is not just one of the greatest heavyweights of all time but unquestionably the greatest British boxer of all time." Seeing that many tried unsuccessfully to bring Lewis back into the ring, there is little chance that Haye will succeed.
He certainly has the right to hope, but it really seems to us that this could and should be a one-off and in fact very innocent and friendly. That's actually the best thing.