Anthony Joshua and David Haye likely to fight, says Eddie Hearn
By Tim Hobbs
Last Updated: 17/01/16 3:58pm
Eddie Hearn believes an all-British blockbuster fight between Anthony Joshua and Davd Haye is 'inevitable'.
On Saturday Haye returned to the ring after three-and-a-half years out, stopping Mark de Mori in the first round at the O2 in London.
The former heavyweight world champion immediately called out Joshua, who is about to return to training after taking time out since beating bitter rival Dillian Whyte in December.
The Olympic gold medallist is expected back in the ring around Easter time and even though Haye says he has to climb back up the heavyweight rankings, Joshua's promoter Hearn says a fight between the two is likely to happen.
"It was good to see David back in the ring and although it was a mismatch, you could still see that he looked fresh and sharp," he told Sky Sports.
"I think a fight between the two is inevitable at some point.
They both seem to want to collect a world title, so whether it's for one or on route - Joshua v Haye is a mouth-watering prospect
"They both seem to want to collect a world title, so whether it's for one or en route - Joshua v Haye is a mouth-watering prospect."
Haye, who took just 131 seconds to flatten De Mori with a familiar hard right, conceded he is unlikely to face WBA and WBO world champion Tyson Fury, after twice pulling out of showdowns with him due to injury.
But denying he is back in boxing for financial reasons, the 'Hayemaker' is happy to take on Joshua, a man nine years younger than him and whose birthday is just two days after his, on October 15.
"A bigger fight is Anthony Joshua," Haye told Dave.
"I believe that fight can be made later on in the year. I'm in shape, I'm punching hard. I'm a little bit older. It'll make for a great fight.
"That's the type of fight I want, that's why I'm back in boxing. It's the big fights, I need that."