By Nick Parkinson, courtesy of The Daily Star
DAVID HAYE has binned the trash talk for his latest comeback so he doesn’t offend his new army of young and female fans.
The Hayemaker's popularity soared after coming third in the hit reality TV show 'I'm a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here' last year.
The former WBA world heavyweight champion expects his new followers to help fill the Manchester Arena on June 29 against an opponent yet to be confirmed.
Haye, 32, hopes two wins this year will make him the mandatory challenger to one of the four world titles belts held by the Klitschko brothers, Vitali and Wladimir. But whoever is in the opposite corner, Haye said: "I think I will tone down the trash talk.
"A lot of the stuff that I've said in the past has obviously been very close to the bone and it has got headlines.
"It seems like I don't really need to do that anymore.
"I've got a wide enough fanbase now to be interested in me other than the hardened boxing fans.
"I twigged a few years back that the media don't just want a real happy, nice story, you want something you can get your teeth into and that made headlines, so I've done that in the past.
"I don't have to do that as much now, although I will still drop a few in sometimes.
"It will be strange for people to have watched me in the jungle just being myself and then see me saying, 'I'm going to rip his head off'. People will be like, 'Ooh, that's a bit out of character'.
"But I've definitely got a different fan base now.
"Boxing historically hasn't been a sport where girls go on their own, normally they have to be dragged there by their fellas.
"This time, without a doubt, I've had so many requests for tickets from them wanting to see me fight.
"You know how efficient girls are and since there have been rumblings of the fight they have wanted to get the tickets booked early.
"Although the jungle was boring, it was like when people go to places like India on these spiritual or yoga retreats.
"Some sort of cleanse definitely went on while I was in there. It gave me a little bit more time to reflect on things."