DAVID HAYE has hailed Deontay Wilder’s impending return to boxing after the heavyweight division “missed” the American.
Wilder’s future in the ring was left up in the air following defeat in his epic trilogy bout against Tyson Fury in October.
Deontay Wilder is set to make his boxing return
But as revealed by SunSport, the former WBC champion is closing in on securing his comeback fight.
Haye, who an ex-sparring partner of Wilder’s, believes it is just what the blue ribband division needs.
He told Fight Hub TV: “We need big characters, big punchers, big personalities – that’s what heavyweight boxing needs.
“It’s missed him since he’s been gone. There are so many of these young fighters coming through.
“Joyce, Dubois, Hrgovic – so many names that are around the world level. Let’s mix it up. Let’s get it busy.”
Wilder, 36, is set to face Robert Helenius, 38, on October 15 in New York.
The Bronze Bomber has suffered consecutive stoppage defeats to Fury, 33, which followed after their 2018 draw.
Wilder floored Fury twice on that occasion before scoring two knockdowns in their recent trilogy.
And Haye, 41, is convinced his former training partner is the only man capable of beating Fury.
He said: ““I just rewatched the three fights with the number one heavyweight on the planet, Tyson Fury.
“He probably is the closest guy to beating him. He nearly knocked him out on a couple of occasions, he had him heavily hurt.”
David Haye is a former sparring partner of Deontay Wilder’s