David Haye has weighed in on the collapse in negotiations for a blockbuster clash between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury – and admits he has no idea which side is to blame for the fight falling through.
Haye, speaking on Betfred’s Lightweight Boxing Show also questioned the reliability of certain snippets of information regarding the talks.
“What’s happening between Fury and AJ at the moment, I have no idea who’s right and who’s wrong. A lot of the time, I believe the information we get isn’t one hundred percent accurate.”
“In all the fights I’ve made, it’s never had to go to social. If a fighter doesn’t want to do it, then it’s not going to happen. They’ll always hide behind their team.”
Fans hopes of a generational showdown between Fury and Joshua were dashed earlier this autumn.
Although initial discussions between the two camps were said to be positive, things began to publicly unravel quickly before Fury announced he would be fighting Derek Chisora in December instead, pulling the final nail in the proverbial coffin.
Despite the undeniable disappointment felt across the sport at the news, Haye implored the boxing public to keep the faith, claiming historical evidence is on their side.
“The best always fight the best. The only time it hasn’t happened was when Riddick Bowe threw his belt in the bin rather than fighting Lennox Lewis.”
Anthony Joshua’s next move remains up in the air. Despite promoter Eddie Hearn initially telling media the star would return to action before the year’s end, a return date of spring 2023 now seems most likely.
In terms of potential opponents, a rematch with Dillian Whyte is said to be a real possibility, provided Whyte gets through his comeback fight with undefeated American Jermaine Franklin this weekend.