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Published: 15:54 | 2/2/16

Haye suggests 'seniors' division

Former champion reacts to Bruno plan

David Haye has reacted to Frank Bruno's attempts to return to the boxing ring by floating the idea of creating a competitive division for 'seniors'.

Bruno revealed on Monday that he wants to make a comeback to the fold but was later informed that, should he apply for a licence, the British Boxing Board of Control would turn down the application.

Haye told BBC Radio 4's Today programme that he does not believe the 52-year-old should be allowed to fight boxers in their prime, but suggested the creation of a series for veteran charges, much as there is in tennis and golf.

The former cruiserweight and heavyweight world champion added: "As long as he fights somebody his own age, I've got no problem with that," saying that Bruno was in "fantastic shape".

Haye, meanwhile, has set his sights on fellow Englishman Anthony Joshua.

The 35-year-old began his highly anticipated comeback after three years out with an impressive first-round stoppage of Australian Mark de Mori.

Haye will continue his attempted return to the top of his game in the coming months but is already targeting a showdown with the Olympic, Commonwealth, British and WBC International heavyweight champion.

"I've said from the start that I will do what I need to do, in terms of getting in line and working my way up the rankings if I'm not voluntarily given the chance to fight for a world title," Haye told Sky Sports. "This year, next year - I am easy. All I want is a fight the fans want to see.

"A lot of people have been mentioning myself and Anthony Joshua, and he's a guy on the up, coming off his win over Dillian Whyte. People are talking about that fight, now or down the line. He obviously wants to wait a little while to get some more world-class experience, which is understandable.

"As soon as he feels ready, I am ready. I'm a former two-weight world champion, former heavyweight champion of the world, I've got the experience, I've been there and done it - I just want the fights the fans want to see."

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