Former two-weight world champion David Haye believes Anthony Joshua will have learned from his mistakes in his first fight with Oleksandr Usyk and come out on top in the rematch.
Joshua faced heavy criticism after his fight with Usyk last September, due to his game plan of trying to dispatch one of the best around.
Usyk took advantage of this and consistently beat AJ through all 12 rounds, winning comfortably on the judge’s scorecards to be crowned the unified WBO, WBA and IBF world heavyweight champion.
Luckily for Joshua he had a rematch clause in place and the fight started after Usyk, who had returned home to defend Ukraine from Russian invasion, announced he had left to prepare for Joshua. .
It means Joshua has a chance for redemption and David Haye believes he will have shot enough from the first fight to emerge victorious in the second round.
“I really believed the first time that Anthony Joshua was going to beat Usyk.” Haye told talkSPORT. “I just thought that physically he was too big, too imposing, hitting too hard and when they got close he would just be able to brutalize him.
“But, he did the opposite of all the things I thought he needed to do to win. This time after Anthony Joshua reviewed the fight, I think he knows what he did. of badness.
“I think he’s going to do what he should have done in the first fight and that’s be the bigger man, push the rules to the limit, you have to be called by the referee for breaking some rules and doing so will damage the interior.
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“So he really needs to get inside and brutalize the much smaller man and I think if he does that, sportingly he will win, but it’s just a matter of knowing mentally s he is ready to enter this combat zone and brutalize it. .
“If he is, he wins, but if he does the same thing again and tries to have a long distance boxing match, he loses, but I don’t think he’s going to make the same mistake twice. .”
The date and venue for the rematch have yet to be confirmed, although it has been reported that it will take place in July in the Middle East, with Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn saying he would like London but recognizing that money talks.
“We would love to do the fight in London, but we also appreciate that there is a lot more money for the fight elsewhere.”
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