David Haye has revealed who was the best he ever shared a professional ring with.
In his storied 32 fight career that saw him world honours at both cruiserweight and heavyweight, Haye shared the ring with a host of top contenders.
And in an interview with RingTV, ‘The Hayemaker’ revealed that it was two of his high profile heavyweight foes, Wladimir Klitschko and Nikolai Valuev, who posed him the toughest test.
“Either Wladimir Klitschko or Valuev, one of those two. I’d love for them to have fought each other. I’d love to have seen how Wladimir would have dealt with someone a lot bigger than himself.”
“He always seemed to have the physical advantages over people. It’s a mixture of the two, they’re the two most difficult, they had such physical advantages over me. I was able to implement my plan significantly better against Valuev.”
“If I fought Wladimir the same night I fought Valuev, I believe the result may have been different. I knew that wasn’t the best of me. It’s very close between Wladimir and Valuev.”
“It sounds crazy because I lost to one and beat one, but the fights were at different times in my life. Lots of things were different before both of those fights. To be fair to both of them, I’d say 50-50.”
Haye has not boxed since 2018 when he suffered the second of back to back losses to Tony Bellew, and now plies his trade as a pundit and has become known for a less than perfect strike rate with his predictions.