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David Haye targets fight with Lennox Lewis after Joe Fournier clash

The former heavyweight champion is returning to the ring to face close friend Joe Fournier next month, but he isn’t interested in making a full return to the sport

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David Haye gets in a boat with Joe Fournier

David Haye would like to face Lennox Lewis if he does another boxing match after his comeback next month.

The former world heavyweight champion retired from the sport after two losses back-to-back against Tony Bellew, but has announced he will return to face close friend and businessman Joe Fournier.

Haye and Fournier have worked together in the past, and even holidayed together this summer, but agreed to fight after a reported “boozy meal” saw the pair discussing who would win in a fight.

Despite announcing the fight, which takes place on September 11 on the undercard of Oscar De La Hoya vs Vitor Belfort in Los Angeles, Haye has insisted he is not making a full comeback.

And in a recent interview with the Daily Mail, the former two-weight world champion did, however, confirm that he would be interested in another exhibition-style match on Triller Fight Club, with Lewis a possible opponent

“Now I have to admit that if this goes great then exceptional circumstances could trigger another five to ten percent chance of me doing something more serious,” Haye said.



David Haye in action against Tony Bellew




And asked for a possible opponent, Haye quickly responded “Lennox. I’ve always idolised him.

“In all honesty, I wouldn’t be able to resist the honour of sharing a ring with this giant of the game who is not only one of the best heavyweights of all time but in my opinion arguably the greatest British boxer ever.”

Haye will walk into the ring a monstrous favourite over Fournier, whose 9-0 record doesn’t include any fighters of note.

His most recent outing was against a debuting pop singer named Reykon, who he stopped within a couple of rounds on the undercard of Jake Paul vs Ben Askren.

But Haye believes that Fournier is confident of coming away from the Staples Center with a victory.

He told Mirror Fighting : “He truly believes in his heart that he can beat me. It’s quite funny, I find it amusing.







“He’s really taking it seriously in terms of believing he can win this fight. He’s banking on something breaking or snapping in my body.

‘He believes something is going to go drastically wrong with me and he reckons as long as he can get through the first few rounds it will then be his time – but to get through three or four rounds with me is very, very difficult.

“I’m not envisioning any version of this fight which ends with me losing.

“He believes if my Achilles snaps mid-fight then I won’t be fighting for another five rounds. He has a strategy for a one-legged fighter but even if it does snap I still think… even with two snapped Achilles I’d find a way to beat him.”

The bout will be broadcast on Fite TV pay-per-view in the United Kingdom as part of a ‘double main event’.

The fight will take place earlier in the evening for the benefit of Haye’s UK fans who want to see him step into the ring one last time.











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