David Haye has stated on numerous occasions over the last few weeks, that his main objective in 2018 is to ‘challenge for the No.1 spot’. With his huge rematch with Tony Bellew recently postponed until May next year, Haye is working steadily towards regaining peak fitness. But according to promoter Eddie Hearn, only victory over Bellew will be enough to grant Haye a shot at IBF champion Anthony Joshua.
It’s been a difficult year for David Haye. Having suffered an achilles injury during his first fight with Tony Bellew, Haye was forced to pull out of the December rematch, when a freak accident left him with a injured bicep. The 37-year-old now knows that only a top performance against Bellew next year will be enough to earn a shot at the title.
“I’m not only looking at winning this fight, I really want to make a statement and show the world I am an elite heavyweight,” said Haye.
“I am a guy who can challenge for that No 1 spot. Anything other than a conclusive, spectacular victory, is a failure in my eyes. If I win the fight, but I struggle, I’m honest enough with myself to know the likes of Anthony Joshua, the No 1 in the division… if I cannot beat Tony Bellew in emphatic style, then I’ve got no business mentioning his name.
“Not only do I have to win, I have to win in a style that you would expect [from] the best heavyweight in the world. I don’t want my performance to be any less than you would expect from an Anthony Joshua to deal with Tony Bellew.”