Richard Schaefer and David Haye launch Hayemaker-Ringstar

Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye has announced Hayemaker Promotions is linking up with Richard Schaefer’s Ringstar Promotions to form Hayemaker-Ringstar.

Haye, who challenges WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew on March 4 at the O2 Arena, London, says he is looking to sign fighters who are going to become world champions.

“We’re looking at signing some good, young, hungry fighters,” the former WBC, WBA & WBO cruiserweight champion said.

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The 36-year-old hopes to bring UK’s top prospects to Haymaker-Ringstar to follow in his footsteps 

“I’m going to put my heart and soul into it, you’re going to see some great fights.

“We’re looking at fighters who are going to become world champions, and not only that, who are articulate, who are the total package, and it’s exciting times.”

Haye added: “It’s another promotional company who are going to give the fans what they want and we’re going to do it on a big, big scale.”

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Schaefer excited on the new venture into British boxing, having previously worked with Ricky Hatton and Amir Khan

Schaefer and Haye are 50-50 partners on the new promotional model launching in the UK, but are yet to confirm which television network their shows will be aired on – three terrestrial channels are reportedly interested.

Ringstar promotions has recently signed Olympic super-heavyweight gold medallist Tony Yoka to their stable. Schaefer has also put pen to paper with Carlos Balderas who represented USA at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

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Schaefer’s first signings for Ringstar Promotions – US Olympian Carlos Balderas (right), Jose Balderas (left)

Schaefer – who is the former CEO of Golden Boy Promotions, says he wants to put young prospects’ careers not just inside the ring, but outside too, at the forefront of Hayemaker-Ringstar’s plans.

“This is a promotional company built by the fighters for the fighters,” Schaefer said. “That’s a big difference.

“There is always need for integrity and honesty in boxing. It’s about empowering the young fighters and showing the fighters what we can do for them.

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2016 Rio Olympics super-heavyweight gold medallist Tony Yoka has also signed professional terms with Ringstar Promotions

“We want to have a nice stable, a good stable, who really transcend the sport as well, who we know can perform inside the ring but who have the charisma and capabilities to really become stars outside the ring as well.”

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