David Haye has aligned himself with the fans who have been calling for a particular UK versus US heavyweight fight for years now.
The former two-weight world champion was discussing the premier division’s landscape should Tyson Fury come through Derek Chisora, as many expect to handily.
Whilst Fury is targetting an undisputed bout with the other heavyweight champion, Oleksandr Usyk, there’s a slight chance that he could face Deontay Wilder for a fourth time.
Haye, speaking to Seconds Out, would rather see Wilder in with another Brit in Anthony Joshua.
“I’d like to see Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder. I think that’s a beautiful fight there. Maybe the winner of that then fights for the WBC, or fights Usyk depending on how the [undisputed] fight goes if it does happen next year.”
‘Hayemaker’, who is enjoying punditry duties in his retirement, went on to echo the thoughts of fans who have been complaining about the time it takes in the sport for the top contenders to face one another.
A perfect example is Joshua and Wilder, who could have, at one stage, fought for all the belts. Promotional and broadcast disputes stopped it, and have stopped it ever since.
“I’m just a bit tired of these champions fighting other people that [don’t] really matter. It’s all opinions. Who cares what I think? I just want the best to fight the best, like they always have done. So hopefully, [Fury getting past Chisora] is the first step for getting theses unification fights happening.
Because it’s just frustrating. It really is frustrating. I’m a fight fan, I’m a former fighter – I love when the best fight the best. I buzz off it. This is why I’m in boxing, but you’ve got to wait a little bit now.”
Things may be looking up for ‘AJ’ and ‘The Bronze Bomber’ as we move into 2023, with both teams recently confirming that communication has begun for the blockbuster scrap.