Bermondsey boxer David Haye is already looking beyond Saturday’s “Haye Day” clash against Australian Mark de Mori at The O2 and eyeing up his next opponent.
The foe in the frame is superstar-in-waiting Anthony Joshua who used the North Greenwich venue to underscore his credentials as a world beater before Christmas. “Our paths will cross,” said the 35-year-old.
Haye, who hasn’t fought for more than three years, wants to sidestep Tyson Fury and hurry to a shot at the WBC or IBF world heavyweight titles.
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He wants a busy schedule to get him back to fighting sharpness and world title contention with the 12-round bout against former world heavyweight and cruiserweight world champion De Mori as the first marker.
Haye said: “Fury is not at all on my agenda for this year. One of the first statements he said after winning the title was that he’s not going to fight me, and would rather relinquish the belts.
“If he doesn’t want to fight me, fair enough. I don’t really care. My goal is not to beat Tyson Fury, but to become world heavyweight champion and that’s about who ever has got the belts.
“The vacant IBF title is being fought for the same night as my fight and there is also the WBC champion Deontay Wilder and the unbeaten Anthony Joshua who looked fantastic against Dillian Whyte.
“Joshua is highly ranked and has a 100 percent knock-out ratio and I believe our paths will cross, whether it is in an eliminator or for a title.
“So the division is good and I deserve to be in the mix. But that only happens with a good performance against De Mori.
“Is Anthony Joshua ready for me? Yeah,” Haye said. “If a young fighter who is 6ft 6in and in perfect physical condition, who is in the prime of his life, with a 100% KO ratio, British and Commonwealth champion, ranked highly in the top 10 in the world by some governing bodies – I definitely think he’s ready to fight someone who has not had a fight in three and a half years, who is a former world champion.”
David Haye takes on Mark de Mori at The O2 on January 16. For tickets to #HayeDay go to axs.com or watch the fight live on Dave from 9pm.
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