Exclusive: David Haye says future Tony Bellew clash ‘makes sense’
WBN caught up with David Haye this week following the announcement that the former WBA heavyweight title holder will return to action against Mark De Mori on January 16 in London.
The 35 year-old has been out of the ring since knocking out Dereck Chisora in 2012 and is eyeing a victory over WBA-ranked De Mori to catapult him back into contention for a world title challenge in the near future.
Haye outlined at the press conference the fight with De Mori came about solely because of the Australian’s reply to a tweet sent out asking fans who his opponent should be, to which ex-Prizefighter champion Martin Rogan and cruiserweight contender Tony Bellew also answered back.
De Mori was ultimately chosen because of his status in the division, although Bellew followed it up by informing WBN of his firm desire to one day share the ring with Haye.
‘Bomber’ is on the verge of landing a world title chance of his own at the 200 pound limit, but explained to WBN in the aftermath of his tweets that a fight Haye could potentially happen at a heavyweight catchweight.
This was put to Haye during today’s discussion, with the Londoner stating that he would welcome a clash with Bellew, whom the one-time undisputed cruiserweight king believes could easily make the step up to the top division.
“Listen, I’ve always respected Tony as a fighter and I always thought he was too big to make light-heavyweight and I think if he fought Adonis Stevenson at cruiserweight I’d have him obviously winning the fight,” Haye exclusively told World Boxing News in an interview on Thursday.
“He’s had to boil down a lot as he’s a natural heavyweight himself. I know how hard it must have been for him to get down to light-heavyweight, but the fact he did, I can fully understand why he’s moved up to cruiserweight as he walks around at something like fifteen stone.
“You never know, if he wants to dip his toe in the heavyweight division I think that would be a great fight. We are both similar size as I am former cruiserweight and he’s a current cruiserweight, so I think a fight with me and him would make sense.
“The only thing is he’s not done anything at heavyweight yet, but there’s also this unknown about me as to whether I’m the force I would be. So let me get Mark De Mori out of the way and we’ll have a talk about that in the not too distant future.”
Bellew fights dangerous Pole Mateusz Masternak on the Anthony Joshua v Dillian Whyte undercard on December 12 and Haye believes that fight won’t be walk in the park for the highly-ranked Liverpudlian.
“Tony has his own fight to worry about against a real good guy in Masternak and he’s no chump,” he pointed out. “So Tony doesn’t need to be thinking about me or anything other than that win. Once he’s got that out of the way, I’m sure he’ll start making some noise.
“Outside of me and Joshua, I don’t think there’s a bigger all-British affair,” added Haye.
Tickets for David Haye v Mark De Mori on January 16 at the O2 Arena in London are available here from axs.com