Written by Tariq Panja, CNN
Little more than 10 months from now, a boxing match between WBC heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and former IBF champ David Haye is set to take place.
The two heavyweights have already gotten into a few verbal scraps — before Haye was forced to retire from the sport last year. The 37-year-old former cruiserweight champion hopes to make a comeback to boxing but by any other name, he remains one of the most stylish and talented men to have laced on gloves.
Haye says he cannot remember the last time he was in a fight in which he was in — or ahead — by any margin for a substantial period of time. He has not picked up a fighting glove since his last bout, in June 2016.
“I don’t think I’ve been in a fight for over 12 rounds, in the sort of competitive sense, in maybe four or five years,” Haye told CNN International’s “The World At One” (pictured below).
Haye says he hasn’t been in a fight for more than four or five years. Credit: David Gladdis/BBC
“There is a renewed intensity for me to do so, because it’s so low-key for the last couple of years.”
After 20 years competing in different weights, Haye says he is finally ready to “step up and be the best” in boxing — but only if he is in a ring.
“I won’t be doing that until I’m back in the ring, and I’m not sure when that will be,” he says.
“I haven’t been given the time to come back and regroup.”