After a three and a half years absence, David Haye returned to knockout Mark de Mori in 131 seconds. As a result, Haye has now moved into the top ten of the WBA ranking after this win, and is due to fight at The O2 on May 21 in his second fight of the year.
Meanwhile, promising young boxer Anthony Joshua extended his unbeaten run to 15-0 with a knockout win over Dillian Whyte. In what was Joshua’s toughest test of his professional career so far, the Olympic gold medallist came out on top.
Unsurprisingly, the talk of a potential fight between Anthony Joshua and David Haye has begun, and promoter Eddie Hearn has stated that the clash is ‘inevitable’, but who would come out on top?
Joshua has taken the heavyweight division by storm, and has never failed to impress in any of his 15 knockout victories. If Joshua was to meet Haye in 2016, would he be prepared? Of course Joshua has the strength and the power to step in the ring with someone like Haye, but does he lack the experience? The Dillian Whyte fight proved that a higher quality opponent could test the credentials of Joshua, and it cannot be ignore that Whyte caught Joshua several times. If the two fighters met this year, it may be too soon for Joshua, however after three or four more fights, Joshua may have the edge.
On the other hand 35 year old David Haye will be looking to get back to his old self. Haye is a former world champion in two different divisions and is a top-class operator. In the near future the fight would have to suit Haye with the experience he has, and would most likely look for the knockout. However in 18 months or so, it would be a different kettle of fish. With more experience under his belt, it would be hard to look past a Joshua win.
A fight in 2016 looks unlikely. However, give Joshua three or four more fights, then we could see the two clash.