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Haye fighting his way to the top

17 July 2002

England could claim another heavyweight boxing gold if David Haye lives up to expectations at Manchester 2002.

David haye

Haye: Going for heavyweight gold.

Up and coming Haye won silver in his category at the world championships last summer in Belfast and despite only being at the tender age of 21 he is one of the favourites to be king of the ring at the Games.

In an interview with the BBC, Haye played down whether he will be turning professional after the Games, insisting that he is concentrating on the job in hand, he said: "I'm just focusing on the Commonwealth Games, if I turn pro, I turn pro."

Haye admits that he doesn’t know much about his potential opponents at the Games but he is still extremely confident: "To be honest, I don't care who is out there - but I am taking it seriously nonetheless.”

Although he enters the tournament with the reputation as a big puncher, Haye says there’s more to him than that: "I've always maintained that I have the speed of a welterweight," he said. "I've sparred with a lot of lighter guys and they say I am quick."

Haye could have the right balance to go all the way at Manchester 2002 and he’s determined to do so, he said: "I just want to be number one - if I didn't believe I could be, I wouldn't do it."

If Hayes does win it will be another boxing success for England who claimed gold with Audley Harrison and Mark Simmons at the last Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur in 1998.

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