With just days to go before David Haye announces his next heavyweight opponent, a number of possible contenders have spoken out in the hope of being handed the job of opposing the former champion on June 29 in Manchester.
World-ranked contenders Kubrat Pulev and Manuel Charr have both recently expressed a desire to share a ring with 'The Hayemaker' and even revealed talks are ongoing between their respective camps. But, while Pulev has chosen to remain respectful, Charr has taken a slightly more aggressive approach to Haye-baiting.
“There's no need to look any further,” he told The Sun, “I'm right here waiting. Haye himself said that Vitali Klitschko couldn't beat me - instead Vitali's doctor won the fight for him.
“Haye alone isn't interesting enough for me. I want to become WBC world heavyweight champion and I want to beat Vitali Klitschko.”
These latest comments from Charr follow numerous posts made to his twitter account, again showing a desperation to fight Haye in the coming months. Pulev, meanwhile, has admitted he too would like to oppose 'The Hayemaker' on June 29.
“I'll likely be back in June,” he told boxingbet.pl. “So, yes, this means we have been in talks with David Haye about the June 29 fight. He is such a strong opponent, but what should I do? If I want to develop, I have to face strong opponents such as David.
“Haye is a very good fighter, but I don't think he's better than me. I don't care where the fight takes place.”
Bulgarian Pulev, 31, is the current European heavyweight champion and is unbeaten in seventeen pro bouts. Among his list of beaten victims are giants Alexander Ustinov and Alexander Dimitrenko, as well as Michael Sprott, Travis Walker and Dominick Guinn. He is considered by experts to be one of the heavyweight division's most promising up-and-coming contenders, and is rated at no.1 by the IBF and no.9 by the WBC.
The 28-year-old Charr, on the other hand, has already reached the pinnacle of the division, having unsuccessfully challenged Vitali Klitschko for the WBC world heavyweight title last September. Stopped on a cut in the fourth round, 'Diamond Boy's night ended in blood and frustration. Since that sole pro loss, however, he has rebounded in fine style, defeating Konstantin Airich and Yakup Saglam with back-to-back stoppages. The other standout names on the Syrian's record are Taras Bidenko, Danny Williams and Owen Beck, all of whom were beaten emphatically. He is currently ranked at no.8 by the WBC.
The name of Haye's chosen one is likely to be announced in the next two weeks.
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