DAVID HAYE has revealed he has sent British heavyweight champion Sax Sexton an offer to fight Joy Joyce… but is yet to hear back.
The 2016 Olympic silver medallist knocked out Ian Lewison on Saturday night on his professional debut, and is already closing in on a title shot.
Joyce – who is set to be fast-tracked by Haye – believes he has the beating of Sexton (24-3), and wants to face the 33-year-old on the undercard of his promoter’s bout with Tony Bellew on December 17.
Speaking after his eighth-round dismissal of ‘Lay Em Out’ Lewison, the 32-year-old said: “I watched his fight against (Gary) Cornish and I thought I could take both of them.
“We’ll see if that fight gets made for December.”
And Haye revealed: “We’ve offered Sam Sexton to fight Joe for the British title next. I’ve offered him a career-high pay day.
“Haven’t heard back from him yet. We offered Dave Allen the chance to fight here tonight, but he turned it down for the rematch (with Lenroy Thomas).
“Both of those guys could fight Joe on the undercard of my fight in December, so hopefully one of them come through. They said a week ago that they would get back to me in two days. I’ll chase them up again. I offered them good money, so we’ll see.
“Hopefully people are brave – Sexton just won the British title – to fight someone in their second pro fight in a 12-rounder, you’d think you’d be brave enough to do that.
“Same thing for the winner of (David) Allen and Lenroy Thomas – Allen already turned down the offer for the first fight – he was like ‘No I don’t think so’.
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“He knows, he’s sparred with Joe that’s the thing, he’s felt the power, he’s felt the ‘Juggernaut’ and doesn’t fancy it, but if you’re the Commonwealth champion, you have to fight all-comers.
“Fighting a guy in his second pro fight, you’re the Commonwealth champion, in a 12-round fight, you’d think you’d have put your hand up for good money so we’ll see.”
When asked by SunSport whether contenders such as the dangerous Daniel Dubois or David Price could be options for Joyce, Haye simply stated neither wants the challenge.
He added: “They’re not going to want to go anywhere near Joe Joyce.
“Just look at the calibre of their opposition, and then look what Joe is going to be doing. I think you can tell the confidence of a promoter by the opponents that they send their fighters in with.
“And I think tonight was a prime example, a lot of people thought I was crazy, ‘what are you doing’, ‘what happens if it goes past five or six rounds?’, ‘He doesn’t know how to pace himself blah, blah, blah’, but look what he did tonight.”
Joyce managed to dispatch Lewison in two rounds fewer than world title contender Dillian Whyte achieved last year.
The 2014 Commonwealth champion is entering the paid ranks late in his career, and will be desperate to claim numerous titles in a short space of time.
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