Anthony Joshua opens up about fighting Tony Bellew if he beats David Haye again

Anthony Joshua v Joseph Parker - Press Conference

This week, GiveMeSport spoke exclusively to heavyweight star Anthony Joshua to get his thoughts on the state of the division, his upcoming fight against Joseph Parker, his feud with Tyson Fury and plenty more...

Anthony Joshua is entering a new phase of his career. The WBA (Super), IBF, and IBO heavyweight champion is undefeated with a pristine record of 20 fights, 20 wins and 20 knockouts.

Now, there is only money fights for the 28-year-old and he has the WBO and WBC straps in his sight.

Phase one of his plan to unify for the heavyweight division sees AJ face off against WBO champion Joseph Parker on March 31 at the Principality Stadium in Wales.

However, there is another big-time heavyweight fight on the horizon with David Haye and Tony Bellew meeting in a highly-awaited rematch in May.

Haye is a former heavyweight champion looking for revenge after an Achilles injury saw him fall to Bellew the first time, but would a win see either man get close to Joshua and his titles?

"It's interesting, I can't fight Bellew," Joshua asserted. "With me, when it comes to fighting people or sparring people, if I don't have any bad blood towards you I never perform - I never do.

"So yeah, with Bellew, I couldn't fight him or even spar him. I respect him too much."

It's worth noting that Bellew is also under the Eddie Hearn umbrella, much like AJ, and therefore the chances of them colliding would be slim regardless.

While Bellew is a firm no, AJ had a different outlook when it came to possibly fighting Haye.

"With Haye: I'd spar him or fight him. But, this is a sport that's driven by the public as well, so it's public interest and I'm not sure how interest there would be.


"But, if there was, it's the UK fighters coming together. Hopefully I'd still be a champion by the time that has a bit of interest, if it did, and we could look at it then.

"But, at the time, I don't see his name in the mix amongst the Furys, Povetkins, Parkers, Pulevs. I don't see his name in the mix around there just yet. I think if he wins against Bellew, then people start talking about what he's going to do next."

Joshua might have doubts about the interest in a fight between himself and Haye, but the British public would likely beg to differ.

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