Sport Haye: Wilder not the type to step aside
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Deontay Wilder is not the "type of guy to step aside" from a third fight with Tyson Fury and will have watched replays of his first defeat with disbelief, says David Haye.
America's former world champion is thought to be fully committed to another fight with Fury after losing his WBC belt in a February defeat, despite promoter Eddie Hearn admitting that Joshua wants to face his British rival champion next, if Wilder accepts "step-aside" money.
Haye formerly held the WBA title in the top division and insists Wilder has the mindset of a fight who will be determined to resume his rivalry with Fury at the first opportunity.
Froch: AJ vs Wilder - could we still see it?
Anthony Joshua against Deontay Wilder remains a key fight in the debate about the world's best heavyweight and Oleksandr Usyk has more to prove, says Carl Froch.It would be good to see Joshua fight Wilder, that remains a decent match-up, even though Wilder was outclassed by Tyson Fury. I still want to see that fight. It would be a measuring stick to see where Joshua is - and it would be a good test to show that he can beat Wilder as well.
"I don't think Wilder is the type of guy to step aside," Haye told Sky Sports News.
"He believes he under-performed, he believes he's got more to give and I like that. I like the fact that he wants to do it again. It shows me what I believed. I believe he's got a big heart. I believe he's a proud, proud man. He always wants to give the best himself. He doesn't feel he did it in his last fight, understandably.
"He probably watched it back and thought 'what the hell was I doing?' But he's got the opportunity to right the wrong. I love fighters that are willing to jump straight back in there and eradicate any doubts about them.
"The same way Anthony Joshua could have had an easier fight, could have had a couple of easy fights before the Andy Ruiz Jr rematch. No, he wanted that fight. He really, desperately wanted it, because he knew in his heart, he under-performed, and he proved it.
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"I get where both fighter's heads were at, at the time after their losses. I'm sure if Tyson Fury would have lost that fight against Deontay Wilder, he'd be wanting to come back and right the wrong."
Fury has been hailed as the world's best heavyweight following his commanding stoppage win over Wilder, joining unified champion Joshua as a belt holder.
But Haye, once a rival for Fury and Joshua, believes neither man can rightfully be called the finest fighter in the top division until they end the debate inside the ring.
"That's the fight I believe the world needs to see, to have the official No 1," said Haye.
"You can't have an official No 1 and 2 until they've fought each other. It's just down to opinions. It's down to what you like.
"The fact that Joshua has been stopped as a professional, Fury hasn't, I get why people put him No 1 over Anthony Joshua, but Anthony Joshua has collected more title belts. He's fought more champions on paper.
Step aside? Wilder won't budge to allow AJ-Fury
Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury? Deontay Wilder has 'not communicated' willingness to waive right to a rematch.IBF, WBA and WBO heavyweight champion Joshua would be "extremely interested" in facing the new WBC holder Fury, according to his promoter Eddie Hearn, "if Wilder is "willing to take that step-aside money".
"I understand both arguments and neither argument are wrong. All that matters is what happens when they both fight each other. It's a fight that every boxing fan will be salivating to see."
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'Tyson Fury didn't just nick it, he destroyed him': Frank Warren tells Deontay Wilder to re-watch his crushing defeat to the Gypsy King and dismisses his claim that the British heavyweight isn't 'a true champion' .
Wilder has made a number of excuses since his loss to Fury - now he has claimed he was 'like a zombie' on the night and 'wasn't myself', saying: 'In my eyes I don't see Fury as a champion.Wilder was outclassed and taken apart by Fury in February after being floored twice en route to a seventh round stoppage, as he surrendered his WBC world title belt following a five-year reign.