Tyson: Haye must prove himself

Former champion says Briton should take more fights before the Klitschkos

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Mike Tyson believes David Haye should establish himself in the heavyweight division before taking on the Klitschkos.

Tyson, one of the most feared heavyweights in history, told Sky Sports that current WBA champion Haye needs more experience before attempting to unify the titles.

"He's good, he's a good fighter," said the 45-year-old. "He has to establish himself as a champion.

"Believe it or not, he has to beat the likes of Chris Arreola, he has to beat all these guys.

"He doesn't have to beat the Klitschko guys, he's got to beat the up and coming guys like Arreola and the Russian guys.

"He has to establish himself and then fight the Klitschkos."

No future

Tyson insisted he had no future in the fight game, scotching recent rumours that he might return to the ring to fight Evander Holyfield for a third time.

"I don't have anything in the future that I want - I just want to raise my kids and pay my bills," he added.

"Why would I want to be a manager or promoter? They only steal your money, at least that's my experience, and why would I want to do that?

"I'm not interested in getting back in the ring, not at all. I'm pretty much a pacifist as much as anything now.

"As long my kids respect me and call me 'Dad' and not by my first name, I'm happy."

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Xander Robertson says...

David Haye will never fight either Klitschko as he knows he will get knocked out inside four rounds against either of them, I like him but I do not believe he can beat the to brothers who are not the greatest of heavyweights but the best of a bad bunch, long gone are the days of Tyson and Lewis etc.

Posted 22:50 17th July 2010

David Bourne says...

It's good to see that Mike seems to have turned his life around and at peace with the world. Hopefully we will never see him box again, it would be nice for one of the tv companies to give him a commentary job and let us all remember him for the great champion he was.

Posted 09:11 17th July 2010

Mark Darby says...

Tyson is a legend, he was the best heavyweight in his prime, he was knocking guys out for fun. Its a shame he let his talent slip, like Kevin Rooney said, he could have reitred 100-0. With regards to Haye, Haye is ducking fights, why would he turn down the chance to fight the big boys in the division and take their belts? Tyson would KO Haye in the first round.

Posted 11:51 16th July 2010

Ahmed Habib says...

Hi Mike! I thank you for changing my life for good, I used to be great fan of you when you were boxing, I had to keep myself fit and enjoy your great show always will be remember by many as greatest hard puncher in boxing history

Posted 06:57 16th July 2010

Tom Mc namara says...

true words from the great mike tyson .david haye can be the best heavyheight champion in british history .fight the up and coming guys first and then tackel the rest by then you will be the undsituited champ.haye no 1

Posted 02:44 16th July 2010

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