Hearn says Haye can’t fight Joshua, only Bellew right now

Anthony Joshua David Haye Eddie Hearn Tony Bellew

Matchroom Sport promoter Eddie Hearn has put former 2-division world champion David Haye in an impossible situation as far as his two fighters IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua and Tony Bellew. As far as Hearn is concerned, Haye, 36, cannot fight Joshua for the time being given his 11th round knockout loss to Bellew earlier this month on March 4.

Haye must fight Bellew again and beat him for him to have a chance to fight Joshua. However, Bellew has 5 or 6 other options for fights right now at heavyweight, so it’s not likely that Haye will get the change to avenge his loss to him any time soon if ever. Hearn says that Bellew might also retire from boxing. He’s dangling carrots in front of him to keep his career going, but it’s not hard to imagine that Bellew will retire after one more big fight. As such, Haye may never get the change to avenge his loss to Bellew no matter how eager he is for that fight.

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It’s pretty sad that Hearn would put an unattainable fight in front of Haye for him to get a shot at Joshua. It’s one thing putting a realistic hurdle in front of Haye for him to get past for the Joshua fight, but for him to be saying he’s got to beat Bellew in a rematch, it’s not fair to Haye.

AJ and Haye is completely dead at the moment. The only fight for Haye is Tony Bellew,” said Hearn to “I have listened to his social media stuff, he’s got aspirations of challenging for the world heavyweight title. I think he’s good enough to go on and do that, but he just got stopped by Bellew. Injury or no injury, whatever, he lost the fight,” said Hearn.

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Haye was beating Bellew before suffering an ankle injury in round 6 of the fight. Bellew then took over the remainder of the fight and wound up stopping Haye in round 11. Instead of giving Haye an immediate rematch to prove that he could beat him while he’s healthy, Bellew has been crowing about the victory ever since and trying to get a big money fight against the likes of Tyson Fury, Joseph Parker, and Deontay Wilder. Bellew is not interested in fighting highly ranked British contender Dillian Whyte. Bellew is aiming higher than Whyte, who was already beaten by Joshua in the past and nearly beaten by Dereck Chisora.

“He does talk about retiring, but I’m going to dangle so many fishes in front of him that I think that’s impossible. [I expect] a shot at the world heavyweight title, or the David Haye rematch,” said Hearn.