(BBC) Londoner David Haye believes his first-round demolition of a Polish heavyweight two years ago has made it more difficult for him to get matched.
Haye, 27, knocked out the dangerous Tomasz Bonin on his heavyweight debut in April 2007 but is still searching for an opponent for his next bout on 15 November.
‘They won’t want to get knocked out, they realise how much power I have,’ he said. ‘I’m a natural heavyweight, so that won’t help my chances.’
Since beating Bonin, Haye has become the recognised undisputed cruiserweight world champion with wins over Jean-Marc Mormeck and Enzo Maccarinelli.
And Haye added: ‘I think I’m ready for [IBF and WBO heavyweight champion] Wladimir Klitschko now.
‘But in terms of rankings and raising my profile in the States I think I’ll need a couple of fights.’
Haye is confident a deal to fight the Ukrainian can be reached. ‘I’ve got good rankings already, the heavyweight organisations see me as the main man in the division.
‘It’s just a matter of getting in there, knocking these big heavyweights out and getting in line for Klitschko.’