David Haye ‘would love to fight in Dubai’

Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye speaks about his new gym in Dubai

Image Credit: Gulf News Archive
David Haye.

Dubai: David Haye is back in the UAE and he took time out to host XPRESS on a special ‘hard hat’ tour of his high-end exclusive Hayemaker Gym that’s being readied for a grand new-year’s opening at Downtown Dubai.

A former WBA heavyweight and a unified world cruiserweight champion with just two losses in a career spanning 28 fights so far, the just-turned 33 year old spoke of his UAE ambitions and his upcoming bout. 

How excited are you about finally setting up shop in Dubai after so many visits?

Very excited. I knew I wanted to have a gym that was breathtaking. There are many boxers over the years that have had gyms, the typical clichéd boxing gyms. I wanted to go way against the tide, I wanted to do something what people haven’t experienced before. It’s taken a long time, a lot money and a lot of drama but we are finally here now. 

How prominent will boxing be part of the gym’s programs?

I don’t actually want to inundate people with the boxing because not everybody is into boxing and I understand that. This is a health club not a traditional boxing gym. I mean I am not got going to get people to teach them to be a boxer but it will have the facility for someone who wanted to train there. 

Is fitness going to be your life after boxing?

Yes the majority once I stop boxing. There has been a lot of interest from around the world. Bollywood star John Abraham and I have been talking about doing some collaboration, about finding a couple of sites in Mumbai. It’s a whole new project. 

Do you fancy a fight yourself here in Dubai?

I would love to have a boxing match here in the UAE. It’s got the infrastructure, it has everything it needs to have a big fight. I will have to promote the fight myself. So after I fight Tyson Fury on the 8th of February, I can fight who I want when I want, I am a free agent and I can come and go as I please. So having a fight here is very doable and I would love to actually have a boxing match over here.

If anyone’s been to any of my fights, they will know that there’s a lot of Hollywood stars, a lot of people from all over the world that come to my event because it’s not just a boxing match, its an event and I believe that hasn’t been done in the UAE. I would like to be the first to do that. 

How excited are you about facing Tyson fury? He’s done some talking lately?

Yeah very excited. It’s a fight that was postponed from September so there’s a lot of anticipation of people looking forward to seeing how it goes and I am looking forward to it to doing a good job on this young guy, taking his unbeaten record from him. He’s been talking a lot.

He’s been talking some big talk but he’s going to come unstuck when the first bell rings, that’s for sure. I will be in fantastic condition and I will be out to outwit him and out manoeuvre him and prove that it’s the size of the fight in the dog and not the dog in the fight.

Your comments