Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn thinks a bout between Anthony Joshua and David Haye would be "the biggest fight ever in Britain". The heavweight duo could face each other later this year and Hearn, who promotes Joshua via Matchroom Sport, believes it would be a blockbuster event.
Haye, 35, recently returned to the ring with a knockout win against Australian Mark de Mori. Hearn thinks the Bermondsey-born star's long-term ambition is to secure a fight against the 26-year-old.
"David Haye's sole aim is to get back on Sky Box Office and he will, I'm sure," Hearn explained to IBTimes UK. "I think to do that, to create a huge audience and awareness can only be a positive thing. A lot of people laughed and joked at him for fighting on the TV channel Dave, because it was a strange choice. But you know, it did great numbers.
"I will be interested to see where the next fight is broadcast. I'm not sure that will be on Dave or ITV. But his sole aim is to fight Anthony Joshua, because it [would be] the biggest fight ever in Britain. I'm sure it will happen. In the meantime, I hope he gets as big as possible."
The promoter admitted the two fighters are eager to lock horns. However, Hearn wants the anticipation surrounding their proposed clash to continue to build before they get in the ring.
"Fighters are fighters, they'll say they want the fight now. I think realistically, it will happen in two or three fights' time," Hearn said.
"Joshua will box on 9 April, then he will box end of June or early July. Then he will box September or October ... and Haye will box in May and then again in September or October. Whether it's at the end of this year, or spring/summer next year ... I think spring/summer is more realistic as a date for the fight."