A Perfect Match

By Francis Walker
Updated: May 31, 2008

NEW YORK — WBC/WBA and WBO cruiserweight champion David Haye (21-1, 20 KOs) and Golden Boy Promotions appear to be on the same page.

The promotional company, headed by Oscar De La Hoya, Bernard Hopkins, and Sugar Shane Mosley, believes in Haye’s ability to shakeup the heavyweight division and has agreed to sign the 27 year-old from London, England to a multi-fight contract.

“Golden Boy Promotions is a powerful and forward-thinking company that is in this sport to protect the well-being of boxers,” Haye said in a recent statement. “One of their main goals is to empower the boxer which is something I believe in too.”

“Golden Boy is the perfect company for me to sign with in order to advance my career in and at the same time help to improve the state of boxing with my own promotional company. That is my ultimate intention as both a world champion boxer and a promoter.”

Haye is currently undergoing the necessary steps toward embarking on an increasingly interesting path toward a successful tenure in the heavyweight division and has already called out IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.

Haye has vacated the three world championship belts he won as a cruiserweight. Haye has submitted a written request to be ranked amongst the top-10 heavyweights in the World Boxing Council rankings. Haye is actively looking for a series of attractive fights that will hopefully lead him towards a heavyweight title fight.

Golden Boys latest acquisition allows them to be potentially huge players in the ever-changing heavyweight landscape.

“Golden Boy Promotions has been waiting a long time for the right opportunity to get involved with the heavyweight division and in signing David Haye, that time has come,” stated Golden Boy Promotions President Oscar de la Hoya.

“David is not only a great champion but with his personality and charisma, I know that he will take the heavyweight division by storm.”

De La Hoya added: “He will give this once glorious division a much needed facelift and give fight fans around the world heavyweight fights to look forward to just like the great Muhammad Ali once did. All heavyweights out there should beware as there is a new sheriff in town.”

“The Hayemaker” is solid

Haye is called “The Hayemaker” because of his ability to apply pressure and knock guys out. Every punch from David is thrown with mean intentions and he’s fast.

Haye’s last two bouts were exciting KOs against former WBC/WBA 200-pound champion Jean Marc-Mormeck (KO 7) in November 2007 and WBO champion Enzo Maccarinelli (KO 2) in March.

Haye, who at 6-foot-2, walks around at a muscular 235 lbs., made his heavyweight debut in April 2007 by stopping Tomasz Bonin (KO 1).

Haye has always been very talented and a very highly touted prospect ever since his amateur days in the World Amateur Championships. Haye has had approximately 50 amateur fights and each of his professional fights have been televised. Haye has fought on premiere television networks BBC Sport and Sentanta Sports on multi-fight deals.

Haye’s two-round destruction of Maccarinelli was aired in the United States on Showtime.

Klitschko vs. Haye?

Before a Klitschko-Haye fight can materialize, both fighters would have a lot of work to accomplish first. The 6-foot-7, 245-pound Ukrainian has a pair of mandatory challengers beginning with WBO No. 1-ranked Tony Thompson in July. Afterwards, Klitschko must face unbeaten IBF challenger Alexander Povetkin.

Haye must further establish his credentials as a heavyweight contender and may actually have to win a heavyweight championship to make a fight with Klitschko more attractive.

The other heavyweight champions, Sam Peter (WBC) and Ruslan Chagaev (WBA) both have mandatory commitments. Chagaev must fight Nikolai Valuev in a rematch from last spring. Peter, although he has an optional title defense in July, has to meet WBC Emeritus and retired Vitali Klitschko (Wladimir’s older brother) in the fall.

If Klitschko and Haye continue to win, a realistic timeline for a potential meeting would be in the spring of 2009.