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David Haye would accept undercard fight for comeback

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David Haye v Dereck Chisora Heavyweight Fight

David Haye (L) fighting Dereck Chisora in July 2012. Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images.

Former heavyweight and cruiserweight titleholder David Haye admits he may have to fight on an undercard to re-launch his career as an elite boxer.

The 34-year-old Englishman has not been in the ring since thumping compatriot Dereck Chisora in a heavyweight bout at Upton Park back in July 2012. He twice had to pull out of scheduled clashes with British contender Tyson Fury because of injury, the last of which was a serious shoulder problem that needed surgery.

However, Haye, from south London, recently revealed he is now fully fit and poised to make a belated comeback – with the ultimate long-term goal a shot at unbeaten American Deontay Wilder, the WBC heavyweight titleholder.

That’s the plan, at least. In an exclusive interview with the Daily Star, Haye accepted that having spent so long on the sidelines he cannot automatically expect to headline a big show. Indeed, to begin with he might even be willing to be a support act to one of the division’s leading lights.

“It depends whose undercard I’d be fighting on,” Haye (26-2, 24 knockouts) said to the U.K. newspaper on Wednesday. “If it was on a world-title bill, a big world-title fight, a big fight that catches the British and world’s imagination, then that’d be fitting. But not a little leisure center fight, or something like that!”

Harry Pratt is on Twitter: @gharrypratt