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Eddie Hearn All But Dismisses Possibility Of Anthony Joshua Vs David Haye Clash In 2016

British boxing fans will be disappointed to hear that Anthony Joshua’s promoter, Eddie Hearn, is not interested in matching the heavyweight prospect with countryman David Haye in 2016.

Haye made a triumphant return to the ring after three and a half years of inactivity on Saturday night last, when he made quick, easy work of over-matched Croatia-based Australian Mark de Mori at London’s O2 Arena.

During his post-fight interview, Haye stated that he had embarked on this comeback because he wanted big fights. Asked by the man with the microphone, Paul Dempsey, if that meant he was chasing newly crowned world heavyweight champion and fellow Brit Tyson Fury, Haye was dismissive.

“I said I’d work my way up the rankings, he[Fury] said even if I do so he’d relinquish the belt – so why bother?”, said the Bermondsey bomber. Instead, Haye suggested that he would seek a big domestic showdown with the undefeated Joshua. A fight that he was confident could come to fruition in the not too distant future.

“Why not go for the bigger, better fights? I think a fight between me and [Anthony]Joshua would be way bigger than a fight between me and Tyson Fury”.

“I believe that fight is a fight that can be made later in the year”.

Hearn, however, has other ideas.

Speaking to the Daily Star, the Matchroom Boxing boss stated that Joshua’s focus for the coming year would lie elsewhere.

“We are targeting a world title in 2016 and David doesn’t really help with that cause,” said Hearn, before adding that the financial allure of the bout would not distract Joshua’s team from their lofty goal.“It’s a big fight and a big pay day, but those are being delivered for Anthony naturally anyway”.

Hearn did not completely eliminate all hope of the mouth-watering clash happening at a later date though, as he stated that Haye would be considered as an opponent once Joshua landed the a major belt.

“I’m sure if they keep winning, the fight has every chance of happening, but right now the focus is on that world title.”

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.