Haye: I definitely welcome a fight with Anthony Joshua

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David HayeFormer WBA World heavyweight champion David Haye is nearing a return to the ring after undergoing reconstructive shoulder surgery in November 2013.

Haye underwent the five-hour operation in Germany, where the doctors advised him to retire.

But the thought of another lucrative payday is just too much for Haye, who has stated that he would welcome a fight with 2012 Olympic gold medalist, Anthony Joshua (13-0, 13 KO’s) at Wembley Stadium.

Haye hasn’t fought since stopping Dereck Chisora in a highly-anticipated grudge match in July 2012.

Despite his inactivity and Joshua’s ability to out guys to sleep, the fighter based out of South London is not intimidated, speaking with The Sun via Sky Sports.

“I definitely think an all-British contest will be there for us.

“Whether it happens or not depends on a lot of stuff. I’ve got to get back in the ring, and he’s got to keep winning.

“If we fight each other, there would be no other location than Wembley. We’re both from London – he’s from the north and I’m from the south, it would be a massive, massive affair.”

In Joshua’s most recent fight, he blew out and forced former heavyweight contender Kevin Johnson to hang up the gloves, who had never been knocked down, let alone stopped in a fight. He even went the distance with Vitali Klitschko in 2009. Haye, without a doubt, has been impressed.

“His progress has been fantastic. Eddie Hearn and Matchroom have done a fantastic job maneuvering his career in just the right way.

“They haven’t rushed him; they haven’t taken him too slowly. It seems like his progression is perfect. As long as he keeps doing what he’s doing and increasing the level of opposition the way he has done, he’ll have a big future.

“For me and him, it depends when the time is right. If he continues on this path, he’s probably only five or six fights away from fighting a Deontay Wilder. He might even get there before me because he’s fighting so regularly.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if he got to Wilder or Klitschko before me.”

Before any talk of Haye-Joshua ensues, the Watford fighter is going to have to settle the score with an old rival, Dillian Whyte.

Whyte dropped and beat Joshua in an amateur match in 2009, which was Joshua’s third amateur match.

Now as a professional, Whyte stands 14-0, with 11 knockouts, and believes he can repeat his performance and then some, possibly knocking out his adversary. We’ll see what is in store.