Former two division world champion David Haye (28-2, 26 KOs) has a chance to get a shot at the WBO heavyweight title by facing the winner of the December 10 fight between Joseph Parker (21-0, 18 KOs) and Andy Ruiz Jr. (29-0, 19 KOs). Those two fighters will be battling for the vacant World Boxing Organization heavyweight title that was recently vacated by Tyson Fury.
The WBO organization has made the 36-year-old Haye as the next opponent for the winner of the Parker-Ruiz fight. If Haye wants to win a world title before he faces IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua in 2017 or 2018, then this might be his best and perhaps only shot. Parker and Ruiz are big punchers with good natural size, however. They’re also a lot bigger than Haye. It won’t be easy for Haye. He’s not faced a high quality heavyweight since his loss to Wladimir Klitschko in 2011.
Haye’s only fights since then have come against Dereck Chisora, Mark De Mori and Arnold Gjergjai. Those three fights account for all of Haye’s activity inside the boxing ring since his loss to Wladimir in 2011. Haye did get positive results in those fights in scoring knockouts in each of the fight, but the fact of the matter is, he’s no fought a good fighter in many years. You have to suspect that Haye’s boxing skulls have deteriorated at 36. He knocked out De Mori and Gjergjai early, but he looked like he was starting to tire in the 2nd round of his fight against Gjergjaj.
For Haye to take the fight against the winner of the Parker-Ruiz fight, he’ll need to put his match against WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew on hold. The WBO says that Haye has 120 days to take the fight against the winner of the Parker vs. Ruiz fight. That means that Haye isn’t going to have enough time to fight the Bellew until after he takes the fight. Additionally, it’s unclear whether the WBO will permit Haye to take on a non-contender in the heavyweight division like Bellew.
Once Haye becomes the WBO’s champion, they may not allow him to fight Bellew without stripping him of his title. Haye obviously doesn’t have a lot of time left in his boxing career, so he might not be a good move for him to face Bellew if the results of that fight would be him getting stripped of the WBO belt.
It’ll be hard for Haye to get his shots off against the 6’4” Parker, because he uses a lot of moment, and he has a nice jab that he likes to use.
The Ruiz vs. Parker fight will be taking place in Auckland, New Zealand.