David Haye is currently mentoring the young Olympic Silver medalist, Joe Joyce. Both combatants also train under the stewardship of Ismael Salas; but Haye has revealed the reason why he will never spar opposite his young charge.
Haye explained, “If we both get in the ring with each other, we’ve both got one gear and it’s just hard and something will get broke. Either I’ll get broke or he’ll get broke and I don’t want to break me and I don’t want to break him. Neither of us, him particularly, he can’t spar soft… I’ll have to go 100% and he goes 100%. Something’s going to break and I’d rather he do that to other people, his opponents in the ring.”
Haye also issued his verdict on Joyce’s first professional bout saying “He got a very, very good learning fight in his first professional fight [against Ian Lewison]. He’s shown 30 to 40% of what he can do, compared to what I’ve seen in sparring. So I’m very, very positive about his future,” Haye added. “Exactly the fight I wanted. I couldn’t have scripted it any better. What I didn’t want was him to fight someone, he hits them on the chin and they fall over. Because that just gives him a false sense of security about his power.
Haye stated it is never easy for a young professional because so many contenders even those on the fringes, demonstrate great toughness which makes for a tough education for fighters still learning their trade “Because in the heavyweight division, fighters even at domestic level, guys like [Dereck] Chisora, they’ve got granite chins, you can’t just expect to go out, hit them with one shot and knock them out. [Lewison] had 11 weeks notice. I wanted to make sure Ian was in shape to go 10 rounds and he was clearly. He’s not the most body beautiful fighter but he’s shown he’s got bags of heart and he’s there for 10 rounds if you allow him to” Haye concluded.