By Nick Parkinson, courtesy of The Daily Star
DAVID HAYE says his latest comeback will not end in tears like Ricky Hatton’s ring return in November.
The Hayemaker will face an opponent, yet to be confirmed, at the Manchester Arena on June 29 in the first of two fights this year.
Haye, 32, hopes back-to-back wins will get him in a mandatory position to face either WBC world heavyweight champion Vitali, 41, or his younger brother Wladimir, 37, who holds the WBA, IBF and WBO belts.
It will be Haye’s first fight since he stopped fellow Londoner Dereck Chisora in July last year – following their brawl at a post-fight press conference earlier in 2012.
Haye, who first retired in 2011 after his points loss to Wladimir, insisted he would only fight again if it was against a Klitschko.
But with the Ukrainians showing no interest, Haye admits he must force them into a fight by becoming their mandatory challenger.
And he is confident his latest comeback will not be another sad ending for a former British world champion after Hatton was stopped in nine rounds by Ukrainian Vyacheslav Senchenko three years after originally retiring.
He said: “I am a completely different person to Ricky. He came back for different reasons, he wanted to prove he still had it.
“It didn’t go his way but it is a different situation for me. I am not in this to prove I have still got it.
“I am just here to win the world heavyweight title back and to do that I need regular fights. I know I’ve still got it.
“There were rumblings from Vitali saying he would retire, but then he said he was staying so it is all up in the air who I could fight.
“I’m a couple of fights away from getting myself in a mandatory position and it will put the spotlight on the Klitschkos to fight me.
“I think Vitali wants to fight me but people around him don’t and I know for a fact his trainer doesn’t.”
Haye decided he would fight on rather than hang up his gloves while bored filming reality TV show ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here’ for three weeks in Australia.
He said: “The most bored I have been was in the jungle because there was nothing to do except sit around.
“It was the most bored I have been in my whole life.”