Hearn: We want world title for AJ, Haye fight doesn’t help that cause
Matchroom promoter Eddie Hearn has dismissed talk of an imminent heavyweight clash between emerging puncher Anthony Joshua and seasoned former world champion David Haye.
Joshua, 26, is riding high in the rankings with all the top organisations after putting together an impressive C.V of knockout wins since turning professional in 2013. The Olympic gold medallist and Haye have both been quoted in the press addressing a potential UK blockbuster, although Hearn doesn’t see the fight happening in the immediate future.
“We are targeting a world title in 2016 and David doesn’t really help with that cause. It’s a big fight and a big pay day, but those are being delivered for Anthony naturally anyway,” Heard was quoted by The Express.
“I’m sure if they keep winning, the fight has every chance of happening, but right now the focus is on that world title.”
Haye completely annihilated number 10 ranked WBA contender Mark de Mori at the O2 Arena in Saturday night to put himself firmly in the mix for a world title shot by the end of the year.
Another victory for Haye, this time against a bigger name opponent in the spring, would set the Londoner up for a possible shot at the winner of Ruslan Chagaev v Lucas Browne as all the other belts seem tied up for the time being.
WBA ‘super’, WBO and IBO champion Tyson Fury has dismissed a fight with Haye out of hand, whilst the WBC and IBF title holder’s – Deontay Wilder and Charles Martin, seem to be on a collision course for the summer.
That only leaves the winner of the March 5 battle between Chagaev and Browne for Haye’s old WBA ‘regular’ version should the ‘Hayemaker’ desire any sort of championship before 2017.
Saying that, a title win for Joshua or Haye this year would certainly open the door to a huge pay-per-view blockbuster at Wembley in around eighteen months’ time.