With the cruiserweight division now seeming the most talented out of all the heavier weight classes at this point in time, and probably the only weight class to boast talents that rival some of the lower weights. David Haye, Enzo Maccarinelli, O'Neil Bell, and the former champion Jean Marc Mormeck, as well as dark horses for future titles such as ex light heavy champion Rico Hoye.
David Haye is now in with an opportunity, providing he wins his next bout on a Maloney Promotion against Ismail Abdoul ay York Hall on July 21, to make what would probably be the most anticipated fight in any division above super middleweight. Now ranked as the WBC number one challenger there, is a good chance he will soon be matched up against the current unified champion O’Neil Bell.
As we all know and saw against Kelvin Davis and Dale Brown, Bell is no stranger to being hurt and can come back from a knockdown to win the fight. O’Neil, as his nickname “"Supernova" suggests, is an explosive fighter and is known as a knockout artist, like Haye and with 24 knockouts, out of 26 wins, this fight would not be expected to last the distance.
Haye is by far the less experienced of the two, however he has fought former world championship challenger Glen Kelly, of whom he knocked out in the second round. But it was his recent demolition of Alexander Gurov, who came into the fight as European Champion, was by far the most true showing of his ability and power.
The Hayemaker’s clear ambition is to as he says "cruise" to his world title and then bring the heavyweight belt back to Britain! There is no doubt in many minds that the beating he took from Carl Thompson a few years ago has in fact strengthened him and Haye winning a true world title is now considered a real possibility.
As has previously been said, Bell has taken great punishment in the past and been able to come back, but that is the one thing we have not yet seen David do and is something that has haunted many careers including that of the great Iron Mike Tyson.
Bell vs. Haye, providing it happens, would most definitely have any boxing fan on the edge of their seats and could, if marketed correctly, generate a huge swing back to boxing from the public, as well as huge revenue!
Who knows, we could eventually get an all British title fight between Haye and Enzo Maccarinelli, which would no doubt be as exciting as the fights Eubank vs. Benn and Watson, but first Haye must beat Ismail Abdoul, possibly his last non title holding or challenging fighter on 21st of July, we wish him all the best!