Promoter Eddie Hearn has confirmed David Haye is now out of the running for a shot at Anthony Joshua’s world title.
Joshua faces Wladimir Klitschko on April 29 in a bid to unify the divsion and Haye was hoping to face the winner if he defeated Tony Bellew earlier this month.
Haye lost out in eleven rounds due to a severe achilles injury and Hearn firmly beleives a return with Bellew is the only way to go for the Londoner.
“Never say never, especially in the heavyweight division (but) AJ v Haye is completely dead at the moment. The only fight for Haye is Tony Bellew,” Hearn explained to Sky Sports.
“I have listened to his social media stuff, he’s got aspirations of challenging for the world heavyweight title. I think he’s good enough to go on and do that, but he just got stopped by Bellew. Injury or no injury, whatever, he lost the fight. The only fight for Haye is Bellew. Bellew has five or six options. We understand the demand for Haye-Bellew II and it’s certainly something that we would look at.”
Hearn hopes negotiations for Haye v Bellew II can be a little smoother than last time around, although knows wounded pride may play a part in the proceedings.
“Don’t forget in that first fight, Bellew had to agree to a lot of things that he didn’t want to, in order to get the opportunity, so that’s probably going to be the biggest stumbling block,” he said.
“That seed is in his mind now, that now he gets those pluses out of the fight. But Tony understands it’s a big fight.
“Tony has really built his career on having fights that the public want to see, so he’s more than willing to do that next. He does talk about retiring, but I’m going to dangle so many fishes in front of him that I think that’s impossible. A shot at the world heavyweight title, or the David Haye rematch,” added Hearn.