By Eric Thomas: You can scratch David Haye’s name off as a potential opponent for WBA “regular” heavyweight champion Lucas “Big Daddy” Browne’s next fight. Browne says Haye is just talking and trying to get publicity with his recent comments about the two of them in discussions for a fight. Haye needs an opponent for his May 21st fight at the O2 Arena in London, England.
Unfortunately for both fighters, Browne has an agreement to face #5 WBA Fres Oquendo next, and Browne isn’t going to try and get out of the fight just so that he can fight Haye. It makes sense for Browne not to fight Haye, because he can get an easy payday fighting the 42-year-old Oquendo next. That’s a very winnable fight for Browne. Haye will always be there for Browne if/when he wants that fight, although I’m not too sure that Haye is a priority for him.
“Ok just for the record what haye is saying is full of [expletive]. He’s an attention seeker trying to get some more lime light,” said Haye.
Browne will very likely look to get a bigger fight against one of the other world champions if he can get past Oquendo. Browne has the chance to make big money fighting the likes of Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury or Wladimir Klitschko if he beats Oquendo.
Haye could wind up fighting Shannon Briggs or Malik Scott next. Briggs sent out a Tweet last Saturday, saying that he’s on his way to the UK to try and arrange the Haye fight. Whether this is something that Briggs did on his own is unknown. That’s an expensive trip for Briggs to be making if he’s not been given any encouragement by Haye.
Briggs is a bigger name for Haye than Malik Scott. Briggs is also a more dangerous fighter because he can still punch, and he’s got excellent size at 6’4”. Haye is little more than a pumped up cruiserweight, and he’ll never be a big heavyweight. Facing Briggs could be a step too far for Haye, and he might not want to take that kind of risk right now. Haye wants to get a big money fight against Joshua, and Briggs could ruin his chance for that payday if he lands one of his big shots.