Ex-world champion David Haye is confident that he would beat Anthony Joshua with ease if they were to square off today.
2012 Olympic gold medallist Joshua has amassed a huge following in Britain and is arguably the most popular boxer to casual fight fans across the UK.
With impressive physicality and knock out power, the Londoner is tipped to have a bright future in the heavyweight division.
This being said, Haye is certain that he would have the upper hand should they ever face each other.
“Every time I see him, I see holes I can exploit,” Haye told the Mirror
“I see it in his footwork, in his punch evasion or lack of, I see it in his speed of punches, tempo, rhythm – I see it in every part.
“All these things, I put in my computer of a brain and it tallies up to a two or three-round knock-out — and there’s nothing he can do to counteract that. Not right now, not if he does what he has been doing.
“Everything I have seen up until now tells me it’s a fun night for me. It’s one I could actually enjoy and have a fun fight with someone who is as robotic as he is.”
While it is clear that Joshua is not quite the finished article, the attributes which have seen him finish off his (albeit weak) opponents so far could potentially land him a fight with Haye, but not until “Hayemaker” gets past Tony Bellew, and Joshua can beat Wladimir Klitschko next spring.
The Watford man is rapidly becoming a big brand in British boxing, while Haye’s inactivity and poor opponent choices have done nothing to endear him to boxing fans in recent times.
Should a bout materialise with Joshua, Haye would certainly be his best opponent to date. For now though, Haye will need to deal with the challenge of WBC cruiserweight world champion Bellew, who is stepping up a weight class to meet him on March 4th next year.
Adam Haynes, Pundit Arena