Speaking with talkSPORT, David Haye (28-3) has outlined what he hopes will be in the pipeline following the Tony Bellew (29-2-1) rematch. Those plans very much concern the current IBF, IBO and WBA (Super) heavyweight world champion Antony Joshua (19-0); Haye has previously gone on record to make statements along the same line before previous bouts in the past. But given the sub-par display in his previous outing against Bellew, Haye has since been very reserved and conservative with his future plans.
However, Haye has revealed that the Joshua fight is still very much a part of his plans and even went to say that a meeting with Joshua would be an ‘ideal scenario’ following his second meeting against Bellew. Haye went on to elaborate on his goal of getting the Joshua fight, arguing it is the biggest matchup in British boxing “I have a couple of fights, he has a couple of fights. If we both keep winning then a big stadium, me v Anthony Joshua, it doesn’t get any bigger than that.
Although on the other hand, Haye did make the admission, that if he cannot defeat Bellew then his career is effectively over. “If I can’t beat Tony Bellew, my competitive boxing career is effectively over. There is no need me even mentioning any other names in the heavyweight division, about wanting to fight for titles, fight this guy, that guy … If I can’t beat Tony Bellew, then it’s over.” Haye explained that he believes the upcoming fight is quite literally, win or bust.
Haye says a laboured win over Bellew could still lead to his retirement but is adamant he still believes he can lock horns with the best in the heavyweight division. Haye went on to talk about the importance of his upcoming rematch on the rest of his career; “This fight is going to show me whether I’ve still got it, or I haven’t. Either way, it’s going to be entertaining for everyone else. “People know myself and Tony will fight until we can’t fight anymore. You know you are going to get fireworks for sure, no matter what happens.”