Anthony Joshua secured his spot for the time being as one of boxing's biggest stars, and added his first world title belt today with a second round knockout of Charles Martin at a raucous O2 Arena in London. And of course, the UK's other two big heavyweight names are right there to discuss the win.
David Haye, who worked as analyst for Sky Box Office during today's card, tells Sky that he'd still love to fight Joshua (16-0, 16 KO), and that Martin (23-1-1, 21 KO) simply presented no challenge:
"There was nothing done by Charles Martin done to bring out weaknesses. The way I fight is completely different to Charles Martin. I don't stand up in the air and my head is constantly moving. I have feints.
"I'd relish the opportunity to fight Joshua. I've never had problem with big guys like that. Wladimir Klitschko hit me on the chin and he didn't put me down. I can't think of a bigger fight in world boxing."
Haye (27-2, 25 KO) ended a three and a half year absence from the sport in January, plowing through Mark de Mori in two minutes, and his next fight, set for May 21, will be against Arnold Gjergjaj, an even less-heralded opponent. The 35-year-old Haye seems to be biding his time until he can find a big money fight, and Joshua would certainly be a big money fight. If Haye does beat Gjergjaj as expected, he's supposedly going to face veteran Shannon Briggs later this year.
As for Tyson Fury, the real world heavyweight champion and a noted public critic of Joshua's (though who knows how much is just for show), he went through a series of emotions today:
Just had a grand on Martin to ko AJ,— Gypsy King (@Tyson_Fury) April 9, 2016
Martin looking slow & ponderous. AJ LOOKING STRONG.— Gypsy King (@Tyson_Fury) April 9, 2016
Talking about losing a grand— Gypsy King (@Tyson_Fury) April 9, 2016
So AJ gets a belt, looked slow ponderous, & still looked like a bodybuilder, let me slay the lamb— Gypsy King (@Tyson_Fury) April 9, 2016
The money potential in a Fury vs Joshua fight down the line is obvious, but Fury (25-0, 18 KO) first has to deal with his rematch against Wladimir Klitschko on July 9, too.