David Haye: Carl Thompson Loss Still Fresh in My Mind

By Mark Vester

When WBA heavyweight champion David Haye steps in the ring on April 3 in Manchester against mandatory John Ruiz, he will not be overconfident. Haye is still having thoughts about his 2004 knockout loss to 40-year-old Carl Thompson. Haye wants to keep the loss to Thompson fresh is his head to keep himself from repeating the mistake of being overconfident in a fight.

"I'm going to come unstuck – as I did when I fought Carl. I was the favourite, like now. In training, I was thinking: 'I'm going to knock him out.' And it didn't happen," Haye said to Kevin Mitchell of The Guardian. "That defeat is still fresh in my mind. I'm not going to let the same thing happen twice. It was the turning point in my career."

Haye's current goal is to become the next superstar of British boxing. With Ricky Hatton set to hang up the gloves, Haye wants to pick up his torch and lead the way. He made the fight with Ruiz a domestic battle to please the British fans.

"Ruiz is not that big in America," Haye said, "but I am happy to do this here for my British fans. Sure, I want to fight in America some day. I am sticking to my timetable, though, of retiring when I am 31."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by English puncher on 03-22-2010

[QUOTE=BaDaBiNgVIP;7832424]who really wants to watch this matchup? I for one can give a rats A*# who wins this fight. I mean John Ruiz seriously, thats like wanting to watch Holyfield fight.I hate to say it Ruiz has never been that…

Comment by Marciano90s on 03-19-2010

that made him stronger imo.but his chin is still questionable...

Comment by Boxing Scene on 03-19-2010

[QUOTE=southpaw_07;7828860]Haye keeps himself in shape in between the fights. link to the video or your'e lying :D[/QUOTE] I guess I'm not lying. Everyone there said he has fat rolls.

Comment by BaDaBiNgVIP on 03-19-2010

who really wants to watch this matchup? I for one can give a rats A*# who wins this fight. I mean John Ruiz seriously, thats like wanting to watch Holyfield fight.I hate to say it Ruiz has never been that…

Comment by Mr.Crust on 03-19-2010

[QUOTE=Ðemise;7831390]Haye was naive and wanted to make an impression, unfortunately it back fired and his corner realised this, so they threw in the towel.[/QUOTE] A similar thing happened to Nigel Benn against Michael Watson.

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