PHOTOS: Arsenal legend wants to fight David Haye - 'proper squared up!'

David Haye

One Highbury legend and a former Arsenal striker both faced off with former cruiserweight and heavyweight champion on Saturday…

Arsenal legend Robert Pires was used to fighting for titles during his playing days as the cavalier attacker helped guide the Gunners to two Premier League coups, three FA Cup medals and was also a FIFA World Cup winner and European Championship titlist with France.

However, the 40-year-old - who retired three years ago - may have bitten off more than he could chew when he "proper squared up" to former two-weight world champion boxer at cruiserweight and heavyweight - David Haye!

The British boxing great, currently injured but due to make a comeback in the sport, engaged in two of the most exciting all-Brit contests in the modern era when he annexed Enzo Maccarinelli's WBO belt at 200lbs to become the unified don in the division, before heading north to heavyweight.

The Londoner was unsuccessful in his attempt to halt Wladimir Klitschko's dominance in the premier weight class, but did topple Dereck Chisora in a battle of capital city bragging rights at West Ham United's Boleyn Ground two summers ago.

While Haye could be in line to take on undefeated Tyson Fury later in the year, he may want to take on another former Arsenal star, Nicolas Anelka, who also "shaped up" in front of Haye earlier in the weekend.

Haye is a boxing anomaly. He only sporadically jabs yet has exquisite maneuverability when it comes to defence. He also has, pound-for-pound, arguably the strongest power punch of all current active boxers. In order to make it a fair fight, maybe he could take on both Pires and Anelka at the same time…

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