The 36-year-old is battling back to fitness to face his conqueror Tony Bellew – but is dreaming of the ultimate prize after that
DAVID HAYE is confident he can beat rival Anthony Joshua – despite a NINE-YEAR age gap and considerable physical disadvantage.
The Hayemaker is currently working his way back to full fitness after rupturing his Achilles tendon during his defeat to Tony Bellew at the O2 Arena in March.
Haye remains in talks for a rematch with his bitter rival from Liverpool but is already targeting a Battle of Britain showdown with IBF and WBA world heavyweight champion AJ.
Haye, at 36 years old and 6ft 3in tall, is THREE inches smaller than the younger Joshua, 27.
He said: “I’m working on the comeback at the moment and the plan is before the end of the year.
“I would say I will have four more fights, maximum, before I retire for good.
“I think if I can win a couple of fights and Joshua keeps his titles, me and him can be the biggest fight ever on UK soil next year.
“He knows he is my target, he’s everybody’s target because he is considered No.1.”
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“I love the fact that he’s 10 years younger than me and three stone heavier than me, three inches taller.
“That for me is a challenge and a challenge that 90 per cent of the population don’t think I’ve got a chance with.
“That’s what excites me. Because if you can do that it’s like Evander Holyfield fighting Mike Tyson or Muhammad Ali and George Foreman.”
For now Haye is concentrating on his role as a promoter after announcing the first show under his Hayemaker Ringstar banner, which will take place on October 20.
Top of the bill at the Indigo, at the 02 is Olympic silver medalist Joe Joyce who makes his pro debut against former British heavyweight title challenger Ian Lewison over 10 rounds.
Haye said: “I don’t think I’ve given him too much with Ian Lewison because I believe Joe Joyce is the future of the heavyweight division.
“Watching him in sparring day-in, day-out I know this guy has all the tools to be the best heavyweight on the planet.”
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