Eddie Hearn does not see David Haye being a part of his thinking when it comes to Anthony Joshua.
Hearn was again centre stage as he tried to manage the opening press conference of what is fight week for Haye and Tony Bellew as they clash in a heavyweight contest at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday.
Haye made the trip to Bellew’s hometown of Liverpool on Monday, where he received the expected heckling from a vociferous local support.
There is no love lost between the two camps and Haye’s camp believe that Hearn will not allow Haye near current World Heavyweight champion Joshua, if – as they expect – they beat Bellew convincingly at the weekend.
But speaking exclusively to TheGamblingTimes.com – Hearn insists that a potential match-up between Haye and Joshua is not even coming into his thinking.
“I am not looking at that, AJ’s position is that he wants to unify the division – and David does not have a belt,” Hearn told us.
“It’s is a big fight, but I don’t believe we will be in that position – there is nothing between these two, and when they weigh there will be two or three pounds difference, and I firmly believe Bellew will do it.”
Hearn is delighted with the support the fight is getting across the country.
“This has really captured the imagination of everyone,” he continued.
“Everyone is asking me walking down the street who is going to win – that is what you want, you can’t ask for more.
“This is two great self promoters, two guys who are desperate to win – Liverpool v London, it has got everything.”
Across the board Haye is the short priced favourite, with event sponsors Betsafe pricing the ‘Hayemaker’ at 1/5 to beat Bellew. The Liverpudlian is 5/1 to upset the odds.