David Haye believes fans WILL see Anthony Joshua fight Deontay Wilder and compares conundrum to Lennox Lewis vs Mike Tyson

David Haye believes fans will finally get to see Anthony Joshua and Deontay Wilder square off in a ring and compared the situation to that of former rivals Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis.

Joshua reclaimed his world heavyweight titles with a stunning performance against Andy Ruiz Jr last weekend in Saudi Arabia.

And now, provided he can deal with a mandatory challenger for his recently reclaimed belts, a super-fight against WBC champion Deontay Wilder could finally be on the cards.

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Anthony Joshua is eyeing a unification fight with Deontay Wilder
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After beating Joseph Parker in 2018 to add the WBO strap to his collection, it seemed inevitable a bout to confirm an undisputed heavyweight champion would happen. However, as contract negotiations stalled and verbal spars were traded, Joshua and Wilder went their separate ways.

After his shock defeat to Ruiz Jr back in June, Joshua is now all too aware of how dangerous the heavyweight division can be and has already insisted he wants to fight Wilder to determine who the best in the world is.

Boxing fans from previous generations have already experienced this building of anticipation for a heavyweight title fight when Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson finally agreed to fight in 2002.

Despite the issues of boxing and broadcasting politics, the fight was hosted by Main Events and became the highest-grossing pay-per-view event of all time as a joint collaboration with HBO and Showtime in the United States was agreed.

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Lewis and Joshua finally met in Memphis in 2002
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Lewis won the fight, but the fans and the broadcasters also came out on top
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And Haye believes fans could be finally treated to this fight if a similar deal can be arranged.

He said to talkSPORT 2: “How long were we all begging for the Lennox Lewis vs Mike Tyson fight?”

“Tyson was with Showtime, Lennox was with HBO and they were rival television networks.

“But they found a way to come together; they both streamed the fight on the same night.

“I see this fight in a similar way; Deontay Wilder is over in the States with PBC and obviously Joshua is here with Sky Sports and DAZN.

“So I believe there will be a way to mix it together. If both sides want the fight, if both fighters really think they can win, they would be willing to put it all in the pot.

“The victor may take a bigger pot than the loser, but there is always a way.

“If the fighters want it, if the managers want it and the promoters want it then we always get the fights.”

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