Former heavyweight champion David Haye believes Tyson Fury may be too complacent when he eventually faces Anthony Joshua – with catastrophic results.
The eagerly awaited, undisputed heavyweight title fight between WBC king Fury and WBA Super, WBO and IBF champion Joshua is slowly inching towards a venue and fight date, but former WBA title holder Haye feels a shocking outcome could be the cards after the first blows are exchanged.
A bullish Fury was aggressive and dismissive when destroying Deontay Wilder in seven rounds in their February 2020 rematch, but he cannot afford to treat Joshua with similar disdain, says Haye.
“I think it’s the perfect time for Anthony Joshua,” Haye told Sky Sports News. “Tyson Fury is on such a high. The victory over Wilder made him look a million dollars, his confidence will be sky high and I genuinely think Fury and his team don’t rate AJ as highly as they should do. That, in itself, causes potential issues.
“If Tyson Fury attacks Anthony Joshua in the same manner, in which he did in Vegas against Deontay Wilder, I don’t believe it works in his favour.
“I believe he’ll be too open, too wide and someone as fast, athletic, and as skilful as Anthony Joshua will be able to punch right through the middle and take him out, and take him out early.
“I know it’s a controversial prediction.”