Anthony Joshua will beat Tyson Fury because he’s more “athletic,” says David Haye.
IBF, WBA and WBO champion Joshua and defending champion WBC Fury have now “approved a site offer” for their undisputed heavyweight title fight to crown No.1 in the division.
Former heavyweight champion said Haye Sky Sports: “Joshua is going to win the fight.
“His loss to Andy Ruiz Jr taught him a valuable lesson about complacency and belief in your own hype.
“I think Fury is flying so high after his Las Vegas win [over Deontay Wilder] and believes he is unbeatable. For good reason – if I were him, I would think so too.
“Joshua has tasted defeat and will have a different mindset.
“He’s so athletically talented, an Olympic gold medalist who has had so many world title fights, he’s newer to the game and still learning.
“I think Fury believes he’s the finished article. While Joshua doesn’t, he’s learning. Fury has been partying for a long time.
“It’s not a bodybuilding competition but I like Joshua’s state of mind and discipline.
“In the long run of a physical game like boxing, Joshua’s dedication and nutrition [will come out on top].
“He’s an outsider but I like the outsider.
“Joshua is physically superior. If they played a sport outside of boxing, Joshua would win. A boxing match is skill-based and people believe that Fury’s skills replace Joshua’s.”
“But the skilled boxer doesn’t always win. The boxer with speed, endurance, will to win, strategy, who trained well? There are a million elements that go into winning a boxing match but people ignore everything except skills. “