David Haye’s rivalry with Dereck Chisora is set to be reprised – in the shape of Haye’s protege Joe Joyce.
Olympic silver medallist Joyce won his second professional fight on Friday, demolishing Rudolf Jozic inside a round at York Hall.
Haye promotes Joyce and has history with Chisora, having beaten him at Upton Park in 2012 after an acrimonious build-up which saw the men fight at a press conference in Germany.
Haye has a heavyweight rematch against Tony Bellew at the O2 on May 5 and plans are now in place for his fighter to take on Chisora on the undercard.
“Good news for British fight fans, Dereck Chisora shook Joe Joyce’s hand a couple of weeks ago and said if the money was right.. myself and Eddie Hearn have put a financial package together for him to do it on May 5,” Haye said on Twitter.
Haye lost to Bellew when they met last year, a ruptured Achilles hindering him, while a slated December rematch was called off when Haye injured his arm. They finally fight again in 11 weeks.
The Hayemaker has managed to keep himself busy whilst he's been away from the ring, looking after Joyce and getting him in good condition for his fights.
However, after last night's victory for his protege, his sole focus will turn to Bellew and the long-awaited rematch that takes place in May.
As you can see from the above video, however, Haye will always have his eyes on Joyce and will always look to help his career when possible.
Love him or hate him, Haye is a big name in British boxing, and it's great to see him helping out younger fighters who could be big players in the future.
And one thing is for sure, Joyce could be a real big player in a few years' time.
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