David Haye targets bouts with two heavyweight legends after ring return
David Haye has revealed that he would love to share the ring with Evander Holyfield and Lennox Lewis in exhibition clashes in the future.
The former British cruiserweight will enter the ring for the first time since his rematch defeat to Tony Bellew in 2018, in partnership with streaming label Triller.
And the 40-year-old will face his friend Joe Fournier on the card, who is undefeated during his short professional career at the age of 38.
But Haye is determined to build a career from exhibition clashes, and has unveiled his plans to share the ring with former fighters Lewis and Holyfield.
"Evander, is someone I’m so honoured to call a friend, we’ve travelled the world, enjoyed some fantastic times and to step in at this short notice to headline the night," Haye told Switchbox TV. "He truly is the Real Deal’, boy, I’d love to share the ring with him, I mean seriously, to feel his power, wow, stuff dreams are made of.
“And Lennox, out of all the heavyweights over the years that I’ve met, seems the one who is happiest in retirement. He beat every single man that he’s ever faced…that is the most perfect boxing career in my opinion, of any heavyweight…it’s just a perfect career, Lennox Lewis is the poster boy of how to do it right. I’d love chance to meet him in the ring.”
Haye forged a hugely successful career in the sport, winning multiple world titles at two-weights during his time in the ring including a historic victory over Nikolai Valuev at heavyweight.
"You can’t judge someone on their worst night, I remember Tyson Fury had a bad night against John McDermott many years ago," Haye said. "We’ve come off a terrible performance from Wilder, let’s wait and see how he responds in his rematch before you start saying he’s a waste of time.
"But for Fury, you’ve got to give Deontay Wilder a chance against anybody, just watch their first fight. Anyone that punches [as hard as Wilder]. He hasn’t lost his punch power, and Tyson Fury’s chin hasn’t gotten any better.
“It’s just about how have they lived their lives since this point, how much training has gone on and how much focus has been there. It’s unknown."
The card named as "Legends II" in the Triller Fight Club series also features former UFC legend Anderson Silva's clash with Tito Ortiz, with the card headlined by Evander Holyfield's ring return against Vitor Belfort.
And it has been revealed that the fights will now be regarded as full professional contests, including Haye's clash with Fournier after the venue was switched from California to Florida, so the bouts could be sanctioned.
Haye has been warned by MMA star Michael Page that this fight could "mess up" his legacy in the sport, if he was to lose against Fournier in this weekend's battle.