Former heavyweight champion, David Haye has made another step in his promoting efforts. As well as a competitor, Haye has a big presence in boxing as a businessman. Haye has organised and promoted his own boxing cards in the UK, bringing them to freeview television.
The ‘Haye Day’ cards were not only a platform for his own broughts but a way to nuture rising British talent. In a recent announcement, ‘The Hayemaker’ revealed the Hayemaker Boxing stable, a crop of up and coming British fighters.
Olympic heavyweight, Joe Joyce will be making his first foray into the pro ranks with Hayemaker Boxing. Joyce is a promising amateur prospect who claimed a silver medal in the Rio olympics and gold in the European championships.
Olympic bantamweight, Qais Ashfaq also joins Haye’s new roster. Ashfaq is also making his first move to pro but has already built up a decent fan following for himself at amateur.
The stable will also include Willy Hutchinson, a ‘decorated’ Scottish amateur. Hutchinson is a world champion at amateur and will look to chase professional gold under David Haye and Ringstar Sports.
Perhaps the most surprising member of the group is Michael ‘Venom’ Page. The MMA fighter is already an established star inside the Bellator cage. However, as well as the Bellator title, Page has a few boxing belts in his sights.
There is no better time for a mixed martial artist to try their hand at boxing. Conor McGregor is paving the way in his historic boxing match with Floyd Mayweather. ‘Venom’ Page already has a flowing, funky style like Roy Jones Jr. in the stand-up. It should be fun to see him use that dancing, elusive movement in a purely striking sport.
It seems Haye is bringing some exciting talent to the pro-boxing scene. He is looking to make his own return soon. He is currently recovering from an Achilles tendon injury sustained in his high-profile domestic clash with Tony Bellew.