Hearn may now decide to step back from Joshua v Haye – Flores

Dave’s co-analyst for their coverage of David Haye v Mark de Mori, BJ Flores, believes promoter Eddie Hearn may think twice about putting Anthony Joshua in with the ‘Hayemaker’ following Saturday night’s victory.

Haye, 35, put de Mori in hospital with concussion after just 131 seconds of their O2 Arena bout with a trademark pummelling right hand and Flores sees talk of  Joshua fighting his friend dying down on the back of the KO.

“Anthony Joshua is a very respected fighter and he’s a gold medallist,” pointed out Flores.

“Dillian Whyte did test him in his last fight though and showed he does have some flaws.

“Eddie Hearn may decide to step back and take a little bit more time with Joshua to move him a bit slower.

“But I think he’s a great prospect and in a little bit of time that could be a very exciting fight,” he added.

Joshua v Haye would be a massive stadium fight in the UK, possibly a bigger event than the recent Carl Froch v George Groves affair and would see both fighters pocket massive paychecks in the millions of pounds.

With no title on the line though, the fight may not have the same appeal as it would with a belt, which could see Joshua bide his time as Haye is now ranked highly with the World Boxing Association.

Other bodies may also move to rank Haye due to the Briton’s considerable pulling power, as the furore surrounding the two-weight world champion heats up a notch following his powerful display at the O2.