Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye is eyeing reigning unified champ Anthony Joshua for an all-British mega-bout in 2018.
Haye has been out of action while recovering from a torn Achilles tendon sustained during his March fight against Tony Bellew, but he's already got his eyes set for an illustrious fight next year.
The referee stopped that fight in the 11th round after Liverpool's Tony Bellew floored Haye for the second time.
The loss was particularly galling given that Bellew moved up from cruiserweight to fight Haye, came into the ring looking flabby, and was not given much hope by the bookies.
Despite suffering that shock defeat, Haye is undeterred.
Speaking recently, he confirmed he will be returning to the ring in December of this year: "I will hold the next fight in December. We will announce everything in the next two weeks, and the fight itself will be held in England.
"Of course, I want a fight against Joshua in 2018."
28-year-old Joshua is set to fight Kubrat Pulev, the mandatory IBF challenger, on October 28 in Cardiff. If he wins, he'll likely chase a fight with WBC champ Deontay Wilder, or WBO champ Joseph Parker.
Haye makes no secret about wanting to fight Joshua and has made statements as far back as 2016 to that effect.
It's hard to say if this fight will happen in 2018. Haye has a British following, but is not well known abroad. He holds no titles, and though the fight would be a big draw in Britain, it is hard to see why Joshua would bother risking losing his titles to 36-year-old Haye, when much more promising, well-known prospects are out there.
Haye is also injury-prone. Prior to his injury in March, Haye suffered a shoulder injury back in 2013, which caused him to drop out of a planned fight against Tyson Fury, and then suffered an alleged broken toe during his 2011 bout against Wladimir Klitschko.
Since then, he has fought no one of note, except Bellew, and we all know how that went.
Don't expect to see this fight unless things go really wrong for Joshua on October 28.
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