David Haye has offered some words of encouragement to Anthony Joshua, stating that ‘AJ’ is capable of becoming a three time world heavyweight champion – provided he makes some tweaks to his game.
Haye, a former heavyweight belt holder himself, feels that Joshua needs to make a concrete decision on the in ring approach he wants to move forward with.
In an interview with Pro Boxing Fans, Haye said:
“Anthony Joshua can become world champion in the next five years, if he makes some adjustments and figures out what his style is.
It’s like he’s stuck between styles. It appears from the outside that he’s trying to do something that his coach has asked him to do, as opposed to just fighting how he fights.
So he’s got to figure out how he’s going to fight, practise it in sparring and practise it in real fights. He’s got to have two or three fights against guys who come to win before you’d have any confidence in him against Fury or Usyk.”
An official announcement on Joshua’s comeback fight seems imminent, with former Dillian Whyte opponent Jermaine Franklin heavily rumoured to be the man who will be in the opposite corner.
Promoter Eddie Hearn also confirmed in a recent interview that Joshua’s hunt for a new trainer had came to an end.
Although the identity of the mystery coach has not yet been made public knowledge, the consensus is that the 32 year old will work with Derrick James in Texas moving forward.
James boasts the likes of Errol Spence Jr and Jermell Charlo in his stable, and his aggressive approach could be the perfect remedy to the tentativeness that some believe has crept into Joshua’s game in recent years.