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Last Updated: Thursday, 13 May, 2004, 11:27 GMT 12:27 UK
Haye tipped for world title
By Sanjeev Shetty
BBC Sport

Unbeaten cruiserweight David Haye
The future looks bright for Haye
David Haye is being lined up for a world title challenge at the start of next year, according to his promoter.

Robert Waterman told BBC Sport the cruiserweight will challenge for the WBC, WBA, IBF or WBO titles.

"David has got exceptional talent and the plan is for him to have a world title fight by the start of next year," said Waterman.

Haye stopped American Arthur Williams in three rounds in Reading on Wednesday and is unbeaten in 10 fights.

Waterman said beaten opponent Williams, a former world champion, was impressed by Haye's dominance.

"He (Williams) told me he has never fought anyone like David Haye and that he can't see anyone out there who will beat him."

That result will send reverberations around the boxing world
Robert Waterman
Haye's promoter

Also on Haye's horizon is a domestic match-up with Sheffield veteran Carl Thompson, who holds the less prestigious IBO title.

"We would like Thompson - but he has been suspended for six months.

"That fight might take place in the next few months, but I'm not sure the IBO title is the route for David."

The promoter admitted Haye's performance may create a problem for him in the future.

"That result will send reverberations around the boxing world and will make matches for David difficult and expensive.

"He has established his credentials very well and I think the fact that he is equally eloquent and good looking out of the ring means he can be a huge superstar.

"But what we have to do now is be careful. Now we've made the move to world class, we also need David to have a longer fight."

Haye has stopped all 10 of his opponents and has not gone past the fourth round.


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