Former professional British boxer, David Haye has proclaimed Anthony Joshua as the only boxer who could beat Tyson Fury.
Fury shot to the top of the boxing game after he knocked out the previously undefeated Deontay Wilder to claim the WBC world title in February leaving him as the only top undefeated heavyweight boxer as Joshua lost to Andy Ruiz in June last year.
An all British heavyweight showdown fight between Joshua and Fury is being mooted for the end of the year when the Coronavirus crisis possibly ends, and Haye feels Joshua is the only one with the mindset and skillset to have a chance of taking on Fury.
Haye held multiple world championships in two weight classes while he fought from 2002 to 2018. Speaking to Boxing Social said: “I just think the only person who has the artillery, the skill set, the athleticism, the clean living, the know-how, the experience, to have a chance to beat Fury is Anthony Joshua.
“I think he’s the only person right now, realistically, most people would say if anyone’s got a chance I’m putting it on Anthony Joshua. So, he’s the only guy who has the tools to do it.
“I think if he lands his shots on Fury, the way Fury’s been put down before – his chin looked good last time out – but Anthony Joshua is a master boxer as well.
Daivd Haye with Tyson Fury
“I think people underestimate his boxing skill. He hasn’t been boxing as long as Fury has, so he’s still learning.
“I don’t know, I can see Fury outboxing Joshua long, on the inside, but then again I can see the middle-range of Joshua letting his hands go.
“He throws such crisp shots, uppercuts, hooks. The way he knocked out Alexander Povetkin, the fight was uncomfortable for him for a couple of rounds but when he put his shots together, it was over.
“As soon as he starts tagging people, he’s got a hell of a lot of explosivity in his body. He’s big, strong, robust.
“The fight he lost against Andy Ruiz Jr didn’t flatter him in any way.
“It wasn’t like he lost on a split decision. It was a horrible loss and I think people look at that and think, ‘Ah, he lost to him.’ Boxing doesn’t work like that.
“I lost to Carl Thompson in my eleventh fight, but then three years later I’m undisputed number one.
“It doesn’t matter, as long as you learn from that, you can come back.”
David Haye twice pulled out of fights with Tyson Fury due to injury.