I think if Hearn and Joshua are going to permanently avoid David Haye, they're going to need to look for another reason to do so. But yet again none of these fighters want to dance with the Magic Man.
He said: "My gut instinct is I hit him with a vicious barrage of punches".
Bellew and Haye faced off at their final press conference on Thursday in London ahead of their massive all-British clash at the O2. Finally he's fighting someone the same size as him.
He said he wouldn't beat the old David Haye, but unfortunately the new David Haye is better than the old one.
David Haye and Tony Bellew's bitter battle is getting closer, so now it's time to pick your victor. I'm legally allowed to do as much damage to him as I can in 36 minutes with 10 ounce gloves. How do you justify asking the British fans to continue to pay to see Joshua fight on PPV if/when he gets knocked out by Haye, especially if it's a fast knockout in 1 or 2 rounds.
Considering the fact that a punch was thrown previous year when the pair came face-to-face, measures have been taken to ensure that no repeat of such pre-fight violence takes place.
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"I am not back in boxing to gain fans".
Whether or not Haye has any ring rust to shake off, the location of the fight - only six miles down the Thames from where he grew up - could reinvigorate the former heavyweight champion.
However, Haye pointed to Gennady Golovkin's stoppage win over Kell Brook past year as an example of what can happen when two different-sized fighters meet. This is the combat business, it's called boxing. "I'm aware of my body now, and I've got this fight right". I would love it if Bellew landed a "haymaker" and put a sock in David Haye's mouth for a bit. I understand gamesmanship and the hype around fights and it does seem to be genuine animosity between these two, but for David Haye to use that word "retard", not just once, because he's used it before.
Liverpool's Bellew, 34, won the cruiserweight belt against Ilungu Makabu at Goodison Park last May and defended successfully against BJ Flores in October. But considering fighters have died or suffered serious debilitating injuries in the ring, this might be a step too far by Haye.
"But I'm still here at 36, fortunate that I'm still healthy and ready for another good run at the heavyweight division".
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