Anthony Joshua leads Tyson Fury after shocking defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr, says David Haye

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Anthony Joshua’s shock Andy Ruiz Jr defeat has given him the ‘different mindset’ needed to beat Tyson Fury, says David Haye … as former WBA champion claims the Gypsy King ‘thinks he’s the finished article’

  • Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury’s high-profile fight in 2021 will be announced
  • David Haye predicts that Joshua’s attitude and nourishment will help him to victory
  • The ex-WBA champion claims Joshua’s loss to Andy Ruiz Jr. will really help him
  • Haye also believes Joshua has a better nutritional plan than the Gypsy King

David Haye predicts Anthony Joshua’s superior stance and nutrition will help him beat Tyson Fury in the high-profile heavyweight unification this year.

Negotiations for the all-British match are still underway with an official announcement of the ‘imminent’ date with the first fight to take place in Saudi Arabia.

The event would bring all five heavyweight belts together and former WBA heavyweight champion Haye claims Joshua’s previous experience of defeat will give him an edge over the unbeaten Fury.

David Haye (left) has backed Anthony Joshua (right) to defeat Tyson Fury later this year

David Haye (left) has backed Anthony Joshua (right) to defeat Tyson Fury later this year

Fury (above) and Joshua will reveal plans for their first unification fight later this year

Fury (above) and Joshua will reveal plans for their first unification fight later this year

Fury (above) and Joshua will reveal plans for their first unification fight later this year

Haye told Sky Sports: ‘Joshua will win the fight. His loss to Andy Ruiz Jr taught him a valuable lesson about complacency and believing in your own hype.

‘I think Fury is flying so high after his Las Vegas win (over Deontay Wilder) and believes he is unbeatable. For good reason – if I were him, I would think so too.

Joshua has tasted defeat and will have a different mindset. He is so athletically gifted, an Olympic gold medalist who has had so many world title fights, he is newer to the game and still learning.

“I think Fury believes he is the finished article. While Joshua doesn’t – he’s learning. Fury has been celebrating for a long time. This is not a bodybuilding competition, but I like Joshua’s mindset and discipline. ‘

Haye believes Joshua's (center) defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019 could help him against Fury

Haye believes Joshua's (center) defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019 could help him against Fury

Haye believes Joshua’s (center) defeat to Andy Ruiz Jr in 2019 could help him against Fury

Joshua’s only career defeat was against American Ruiz in June 2019, but the Watford-born boxer claimed his four heavyweight belts back in a rematch six months later.

The Gypsy King, meanwhile, has not yet experienced a defeat in the ring in 31 fights, but controversially struck a draw against Deontay Wilder in December 2018 before winning the rematch last February.

Fury’s preparations for the fight were questioned when he admitted in March that he was drinking 12 pints a day while on vacation waiting for the fight to take place.

Haye (left) also claims Joshua has better nutrition and attitude than the Gypsy King (right)

Haye (left) also claims Joshua has better nutrition and attitude than the Gypsy King (right)

Haye (left) also claims Joshua has better nutrition and attitude than the Gypsy King (right)

And Haye has come out to say that Joshua’s better nutritional plan will aid him in his fight against Fury – a bout described as one of the best heavyweight boxing fights of all time.

Haye continued, ‘In the long run of a physical game like boxing, Joshua’s dedication and nourishment (will come on top). He’s an underdog, but I like the underdog. Joshua is physically superior. If they played a sport other than boxing, Joshua would win.

‘A boxing match is skill based and people believe that Fury’s skills surpass Joshua’s. But the experienced boxer doesn’t always win. The boxer with speed, stamina, wants to win, strategy, who has trained correctly?

“It takes a million elements to win a boxing match, but people ignore anything but skills.”

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