Beware the Hayemaker! Boxing star posts fearsome photo from the gym as he prepares for comeback fight
16:42 GMT, 8 April 2013
16:42 GMT, 8 April 2013
It is only two days to go until David Haye announces his next heavyweight opponent — but he is already looking the part.
The former heavyweight champion is fighting again on June 29 in Manchester and posted a picture on his twitter feed of him in fighting fit shape.
He has previously revealed he began plotting his ring return when alone with his thoughts in the jungle on I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here.
Hayemaker: There's no denying David Haye is taking his comeback seriously after this photo posted on twitter
The fighter’s trainer and manager Adam Booth said earlier this month he was in discussions with five heavyweights ranked within the world’s top 15 – four of which remain unbeaten – in his pursuit of an opponent for Haye’s comeback fight on June 29 as the former champion bids to gain mandatory-challenger status to either Vitali or Wladimir Klitschko.
Since his fifth-round knockout victory over Dereck Chisora in July, Haye has lived a life far from that of the customary prizefighter over a period in which his celebrity status significantly grew but insists it was this that persuaded him he wanted to return to fight for the status of world heavyweight champion.
Timer: Haye knocked out Dereck Chisora in the fifth round of his last fight
Top of the tree: Haye wants to prove that he is still the best heavyweight in the country
Ready and waiting: Haye has been promoting his next fight recently which will take place on June 29
Meanwhile, Tony Bellew’s rematch with Isaac Chilemba has been added to the undercard of Carl Froch’s super-middleweight unification clash with Mikkel Kessler at the O2 Arena on May 25.
Bellew and Chilemba fought out a lifeless draw in Liverpool on March 30 in their final eliminator for a shot at the WBC light-heavyweight title with both claiming they should have been given the verdict.
Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn insists the successful fighter will still be in line to meet Chad Dawson if the American successfully defends his WBC belt against Adonis Stevenson on June 8.
Back in the ring: England's Tony Bellew and Isaac Chilemba of South Africa will fight again on the under-card of the re-match between Carl Froch and Mikkel Kessler