Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn has issued an ultimatum to former world champion David Haye over a possible heavyweight clash opposite current WBC cruiserweight title holder Tony Bellew.
The all-UK encounter is high on Hearn’s wanted list for Bellew as the promoter aims to tie up another massive battle between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko for December this year.
Bellew, 33, makes the first defense of his green and gold strap next weekend against BJ Flores, and barring a big upset win for the American, Hearn aims to get a formal decision from Haye as to whether he’ll accept his advances.
“We want Haye next, I’ve reached out to his team. Up at heavyweight is not a problem, we will fight them next year,” Hearn told The Daily Star.
“I’ve told his lawyer we want answers and to know if they want it or we will move on and go for a unification fight at cruiserweight.
“It is a huge fight. It’s more money than he will make anywhere else at the moment.
“Haye wants to challenge for the heavyweight title but at the moment that won’t happen for him.
“This is a fight with huge amount of money and one I think he will fancy because Tony is coming up from cruiserweight to heavyweight.
“Tony wants it badly. I have no concern about putting him in at heavyweight,” he added.
Haye announced his return to action for December 10 recently, the same night Hearn is pushing for the Joshua v Klitschko fight, leading to immediate speculation that the ex-cruiserweight king could feature on the undercard.