David Haye insists he will go for ‘bigger, better fights’ than Tyson Fury after he knocked Mark De Mori out within three minutes of his comeback in the ring.
The Brit, 35, hadn’t launched a punch in anger in three and a half years but started his quest to dominate the heavyweight division once again in emphatic fashion at The O2 Arena.
But while Fury, the WBA and WBO world champion, doesn’t want to fight him, Haye has targeted a 2016 bout with the undefeated Anthony Joshua.
‘Tyson Fury is pretty clear about not wanting to fight me,’ Haye said when asked about his domestic rival after the bout on Saturday night.
‘I said I’ll work my way up the rankings, and he said he’d relinquish the belts instead of fight me so why bother (pursuing him)?
‘Why not go for bigger, better fights? A bigger fight’s Anthony Joshua. I believe that fight can be made later on in the year. I’m in shape, I’m punching hard. I’m a little bit older. It’ll make for a great fight. That’s the type of fight I want, that’s why I’m back in boxing. It’s the big fights, I need that.
‘Fury’s a good fighter. You don’t go to Germany and do what he did (in beating Wladimir Klitschko). It’s a shame he doesn’t want to fight me but I think we all know why when you see power like that.
‘I want to unify the heavyweight division. I set my plan out to do that many years ago and I fell short. I tried to come back against Dereck Chisora (before injuries sidelined me).
‘I’m going to make a serious run at this heavyweight division. There are titles all over the place at the moment and it’ll take someone like me to clean it up.
‘This was always going to be my hardest fight: the first back after three years out, the unknown.’

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