“Embrace this new era” Former world champion David Haye showers Saudi Arabia with praise and fires back at critics

David Haye defined and justified Saudi Arabia's involvement in boxing and spoke about its advantages.

“Embrace this new era” Former world champion David Haye showers Saudi Arabia with praise and fires back at critics

David Haye (image credit- Marca)

Since the advent of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in the sport of boxing, the whole picture has changed for the better. Subsequently, dream fights for the fans have slowly come together. However, their involvement has also brought a lot of criticism, but people like Eddie Hearn have fired back at this. Similarly, former world champion David Haye shared Hearn’s sentiment and defended Saudi Arabia.


In October 2023, Saudi Arabia hosted a mega-crossover boxing event between WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury and Francis Ngannou. Subsequently, Saudi Arabia has booked one big fight after another since then, and their involvement in boxing remains massive. Hence, this has drawn criticism because boxing was being taken away from the US and UK. In response, this is what Haye said:

To the devoted fans of the sport, let’s embrace this new era with open arms. The best are competing against the best, realizing the dream matches we’ve longed for.
David Haye via YT

Haye added to the skepticism and criticism Saudi Arabia received after their involvement in boxing. Further, he brought up how the criticism stemmed from the fact that these fans couldn’t witness the big fights in Saudi Arabia. However, Haye stated that the reality was that the big fights wouldn’t happen without Saudi Arabia.

Hence, Haye urged fans to embrace this new change, which is developing the sport like never before. In addition, Hate stated that a new era of boxing is in the making, with the biggest fights being made a reality.


David Haye reacts to the Tyson Fury vs. Oleksandr Usyk postponement

Haye couldn’t help but chuckle at the irony of the postponement of Tyson Fury’s fight with Oleksandr Usyk. Earlier this week, undefeated WBC champion Fury announced his withdrawal from the bout with Usyk, which was set to take place on February 17th in Saudi Arabia. However, the fight was postponed due to Fury sustaining a cut during training, and he will now take on Fury on May 18th.

David Haye
David Haye and Tyson Fury (image credit- The Sun)

Furthermore, it was over a decade since Haye was supposed to take on the undefeated Fury. Subsequently, the former heavyweight champion, who was supposed to be Fury’s biggest test, never took the fight. However, the fight never happened because Haye sustained a similar cut above his eye.

Hence, Haye reacted to the news and stated that he understood it all too well. In addition, Haye mentioned that when he received a similar injury, Fury paraded him as a coward. Hence, Hate mentioned that he had wished for Fury to have a similar situation in the future, and ironically, it did.

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