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Haye emerges as a heavyweight contender

PUBLISHED: 16:10 20 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:48 05 October 2010

DAVID HAYE insists his arrival in the heavyweight division and stunning fifth-round knockout of Monte Barrett at the O2 Arena on Saturday was just a taste of bigger things to come. Former Broad Street amateur Haye now hopes to challenge either Wladimir o

DAVID HAYE insists his arrival in the heavyweight division and stunning fifth-round knockout of Monte Barrett at the O2 Arena on Saturday was just a taste of bigger things to come.

Former Broad Street amateur Haye now hopes to challenge either Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko for one of their world titles next year - with Chelsea's Stamford Bridge

stadium already lined up as a possible venue for the showdown.

Vitali was ringside to watch Haye crush the ageing Barrett and the Ukrainian admitted that he or his brother will be happy to take on the British fighter next year.

With a shortage of exciting challengers, Haye is an explosive addition to the heavyweight scene, although the Klitschko brothers will have noted that while Haye dropped Barrett five times he also hit the floor.

"I expected to get knocked down and I did," Haye said after his win. "That's what you're going to get with me in the heavyweight division. I might go down but I'll get back up and I'll do what I have to do."

The 28-year-old's lightning fast attacks always looked too sharp for Barrett but he had some anxious moments when the American found the target

"His shots felt a lot harder, and that's something I've got to get comfortable with," Haye admitted.

Yet there was no doubts about the quality of the lethal combination that sent Barrett crashing to the canvas for the fifth and final time before he was counted out by referee Richie Davies.

East London-trained light welterweight Michael Grant passed his toughest test as a pro with a points win over former Commonwealth title challenger Gary Reid on the undercard.

Grant, trained by Johnny Eames at the TKO gym, took his record to 11 wins and a draw as his fast punching attacks gave him the edge over his more experienced rival, leading to a 58-55 decision from referee Jeff Hinds.

Heavyweights Tom Dallas and Larry Olubamiwo maintained their winning form with two second-round triumphs at York Hall on Saturday night.

Former Repton amateur Olubamiwo slammed home a barrage of powerful attacks to condemn David Ingleby to defeat and add interest to a possible future meeting with local rival Dallas, who halted Howard Daley.


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