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http://www.boxingscene.com/?m=show&id=23997

 

By Mark Vester

 

WBA heavyweight champion David Haye sees a lot of big things ahead for British boxing. In 2009, he won the heavyweight title from 7'2 Nikolai Valuev and saw fellow Brits Carl Froch and Amir Khan win major world titles and beat top opponents. Haye was nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award. He was surprised that Froch and Khan were not in the mix.

 

"I think this has been a great year for British boxing, and one that has seen the arrival of the new breed," said Haye to The London Evening Standard. "Carl Froch and Amir Khan were probably both unfortunate to miss out on being nominated, as they've both also been fantastic this year.

 

"Carl has twice defended his WBC world super-middleweight title and was involved in one of the best fights of the year against Jermain Taylor in April. He's also flying the flag for Britain on the world stage and is tackling the best fighters in his division. Carl is a great ambassador for boxing in this country because he always looks to fight the best guys out there.

 

"Khan, meanwhile, has done tremendously well to bounce back from being knocked out 15 months ago. He's completely changed his career around and has scored three big wins this year, against Marco Antonio Barrera, Andreas Kotelnik and Dmitriy Salita. Amir is now a WBA world light-welterweight champion. A little over a year ago, everybody had wrongly written him off."

 

Haye said in 2010 he plans to challenge not one but both of the Klitschko brothers. He wants to take the WBO/IBF/IBO titles from Wladimir and the WBC belt from Vitali. He predicts knockout wins in both contests.

 

"I'm planning on defending my world heavyweight title in 2010 and then knocking out both Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko in heavyweight blockbusters," Haye said.

 

Haye also spoke on lightweight Kevin Mitchell. He was impressed with Mitchell win over Breidis Prescott from last weekend in Newcastle.

 

"I was also massively impressed with Kevin Mitchell's performance on Saturday night. He seemed to use my win over Valuev as a blueprint and looked brilliant outboxing Breidis Prescott. I can see Mitchell also winning world title honours in the next few months," Haye said.

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