Haye to Joshua: Let’s go for it

David Haye says he is ready to face Anthony Joshua after completing his ring return against Mark de Mori next month.

Haye doesn't expect to be troubled by De Mori on January 16, and is more than willing to step into the ring with the unbeaten British and Commonwealth champion.

"If I was to fight him, I'm sure there are people who would think that AJ would beat me and I love the thought of that – getting into a fight where people are not quite sure what happens but if I tag Anthony Joshua, can he take my power?" Haye told Sky Sports.

"These are all things that are unknown. I think he probably needs one or two more fights before he would be ready for someone on my level but if he wants to do that before, let's go for it.

"I'm a professional fighter – this is what I have been doing since I was a kid. I've got my fight against Mark de Mori lined up but once that is out of the way, then we can talk about it.

"I think he is looking to fight in April again, against maybe someone like Dereck Chisora who would be a yardstick and a good test for him. I knocked Dereck Chisora out in five rounds; can AJ knock him out quicker than that?

"Maybe… it will be interesting to see, but I think definitely in the summer or towards the end of the year, if that is a fight that Anthony Joshua would want, then it is a fight that can be made."

Haye is complimentary of Joshua's skills, and was ringside watching the Olympic gold medallist knock out Dillian Whyte recently.

"Anthony Joshua is a very good fighter who is unbeaten. He's knocked out every single one of his opponents," Haye added.

"He had a very big test in his last fight against Dillian Whyte, who was an unbeaten prospect who had beaten AJ in the amateurs. I was there commentating for Sky and he passed the test with flying colours that night. It was an entertaining fight; he got hit on the chin a good few times and he sucked it up.

"He showed courage and bottle and he knocked out Dillian Whyte conclusively, no questions asked, and I believe he is one of the best fighters on the planet. But that's the name of the game for me – I want to compete with these big young guns.

"He is nearly 10 years younger than me and he's a lot bigger and stronger. I'm faster, I'm more experienced and I have a better pedigree in terms of my professional resume."