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Haye rediscovers boxing 'buzz'

ESPN staff
May 1, 2013
David Haye has played down talk of a potential bout with undefeated Tyson Fury © Getty Images

David Haye has admitted that he has regained the boxing 'buzz' to win a world title as he prepares for his return to the ring against Manuel Charr.

Haye, who recently announced a new partnership with Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Sports, faces Lebanese-born German Charr on June 29 at the MEN Arena in Manchester.

The 32-year-old last fought when stopping British rival Dereck Chisora in the fifth round of their Upton Park bout in July 2012, but then went on to announce his return in March.

Now the former WBA heavyweight champion believes the thought of regaining a world title is the reason for deciding to pull the gloves on again.

"I made the promise that I would retire at 30 and I did achieve my goals, but I want to get my title back and boxers get that buzz," Haye told BBC Radio 5Live. "While there's a challenge there to regain my title, I'll go for it."

Haye admitted that 'Diamond Boy' Charr had called him out at the Londoner's post-fight press conference following his defeat of Chisora, and went on to state that he was starting to see the funny side of Charr's actions before the pair meet in Manchester.

"After I knocked out Dereck Chisora, he gatecrashed the press conference and challenged me," Haye added. "At that stage I didn't know who he was, he was just a crazy-looking guy. It turned out he was unbeaten and since then his only loss was a cuts one to Vitali Klitschko.

"He's been banging the drum and made some good pictures of himself holding my decapitated head - the same thing I did to the Klitschkos five years ago. It's quite funny to be on the other side of the fence."

And Haye has issued a stark warning to Charr ahead of their bout, believing that the trash-talk will come back to haunt his opponent.

"It you want something you go and get it," Haye said. "He's been on Twitter every day saying what he's going to do, so here we go, be careful what you wish for."

Meanwhile, Haye revealed that he has been in touch with undefeated heavyweight Tyson Fury's management regarding a potential future bout, but played down talk of the pair meeting in the ring any time soon.

"He [Fury] made some bold statements, that I'd never fight again after I'd fought him," Haye added. "So we contacted his manager but he told us he doesn't want to go down that route."

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