Haye: Joshua Fight Or Retire
David Haye says his “perfect scenario” is beat Tony Belew and then take on Anthony Joshua.
Haye, however, admits that his he is unable to defeat Tony Bellew on December 17th in London, his career will be “effectively over.”
The 37-year-old has been given a chance to claim revenge and told talkSPORT that he could still see a path towards an eventual showdown with Joshua, who will fight Carlos Takam on Sky Sports Box Office on October 28.
“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.
“However, I can’t even remotely even start thinking about that if I can’t perform against Tony Bellew.
“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 says even beats Bellew, he still make December 17th his last night as a fighter.\
“Even if I beat Tony Bellew, but I scrape through, I get knocked down, I’m struggling, whatever issue I have, I can’t then realistically say I want to fight this big guy who is three inches taller, three stone bigger, 10 years younger, undefeated and with a 100 per cent knock-out record.”
“Fortunately, Tony Bellew has given me a second chance, and then we can hopefully look to 2018 for some mega showdowns.
“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.”