Boxing: Haye on Lewis path

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David Haye has ended speculation and agreed a six-fight deal with Lennox Lewis's promotional company, Lion.

The 22-year-old turned professional last year, but in four fights has failed to raise his profile and the move to Lion, which already has a deal in place with the BBC, looks like a sensible one. When Haye turned pro he was briefly managed by Eugene Maloney, whose brother, Frank, once managed Lewis. But Haye and Maloney parted company before the cruiserweight's third fight and since then he has been guided by his trainer, Adam Booth.

Haye still has six fights left in a contract that he agreed with the BBC last year but his next fight will be in Los Angeles on either 20 June or 15 July and will also be screened on ESPN in the United States.

In the summer of 2001, in Belfast, Haye made history by becoming the first Briton to reach a final of the World Amateur Championships. In the final Haye was beaten by a Cuban, but the exposure on BBC's Grandstand guaranteed the attentions of British boxing's leading promoters.