David Haye faces a completely new challenge
By Mark Havey: David Haye (26-2-24) is regarded by some as the king of the Cruiserweight division. Others will remember him for defeating the giant Nikolai Valuev or talking a good fight when he faced off against Wladimir Klitschko, despite a substandard performance.
Recently the talk has been of Haye defeating his bitter rival Dereck Chisora with an impressive 5th round stoppage. Haye has been calling out the Brother of his conqueror, Vitali Klitschko. It is not yet clear whether or not Vitali will ever fight again. He is preoccupied with politics. Now it would seem that Hayes future could hang in the balance, as he too is preoccupied.
Tonight David Haye will appear in Britain’s most popular reality television show, I’m a celebrity get me out of here. Of course, he could still box after. But David Haye enjoys being a celebrity. He has always said he will only fight again if it is against Vitali, but I have never believed that, now I do.
The show is well known for being able to propel fledgling careers or turning D list celebrities into A list stars. Contestants stay on a deserted tropical island and must earn their meals by eating things such as maggots, crickets, grubs, fish eyes and goats testicles. They lay in coffins filled with snakes or rats.
I wonder why Haye is entering. He is still the most exciting heavyweight in the world, and I think there is only one heavyweight better than him, the on heavyweight that has beaten him. So his career doesn’t need a lift. Although Haye is the highest paid contestant by far, more than double in fact, he isn’t in need of the £165.000 fee he is receiving. So we can count money out of the equation. If Haye can win the show he will become an even bigger celebrity than what he already is. This makes me think he is done with boxing. The winners usually go on to enter other reality TV shows, chat shows and game shows. It’s a role Haye would excel in. maybe he just wants a new kind of challenge.