David Haye suggests tournament format that would force Anthony Joshua, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury to fight each other
David Haye has voiced his frustrations – and the frustrations of many boxing fans – regarding the current heavyweight division.
With Anthony Joshua fighting Jarrell Miller, Deontay Wilder facing Dominic Breazeale and Tyson Fury taking on Tom Schwarz, none of the top three will be squaring off any time soon.
Instead, they are all fighting to gain exposure in the States on the broadcast networks they’re aligned to.
This is something Haye understands, but still can’t help being irritated by.
“It’s be good to get a big showdown with some of these big names in American and really start generating the money Stateside,” the now retired fighter told Jim White on talkSPORT.
“Then, hopefully there’s enough money in the pot to start fighting each other because it is very frustrating as a boxing fan not to get the best fighting the best. Very frustrating.”
It’s a worrying time for boxing fans at present as promotional/broadcaster divides threaten to prevent the best heavyweight bouts from coming to fruition.
Haye has even gone as far to suggest hosting an ambitious round-robin tournament between the trio, forcing them all to face one another.
When asked if Joshua vs Wilder is the fight he most wants to see, Haye replied: “If that fight got made, I’d be very, very happy.
“But whoever did win that fight, you would then say, ‘Well, you’ve gotta fight Fury now.’
“I don’t mind, I’d like these guys to do a round-robin. Say Fury had got that decision [against Wilder], does that make Wilder any worse?
“The fight was still a close fight, just because the judges said it was a draw or said it was one way or the other, that doesn’t mean the person who loses, his career is over.
“I think boxing has a real issue with losses. I lost my eleventh fight, but two years later I was number one in the world.
“In no other sport are the ramifications for one loss so great as in boxing.”
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The ‘Hayemaker’ went on to compare the situation in boxing to that of other 1v1 sports, insisting that none value defeats as much as the sweet science.
Haye concluded: “A 50/50 fight means it could go one way or the other. To be in 80/20 fights all the time is all good and well, but we wanna see someone give you a fight.
“It’s like Federer, Nadal and Djokovic not playing each other or playing someone who’s ranked number 150.
“Why don’t the top five all play each other and see how it goes?”
Source: SportsLatest TS