Performing pundit duties for Sky Sports last night for the Anthony Joshua-Charles Martin title fight, David Haye insisted he has what it takes to defeat new IBF ruler Joshua. Haye spoke about how he first has to take care of business against Arnold Gjergjaj on May 21st – “I’ll knock him out,” Haye said – and how he will then fight Shannon Briggs; who Haye is also confident of knocking out later this year.
After that though, Haye would “relish” a fight with Joshua. And if you believe Haye, he knows just how to take away the young champ’s belt and unbeaten record.
“I believe I’m the best on the planet, I always have done,” Haye said late last night in London. “I’d genuinely love to walk into the ring and face him [Joshua]. Watching what I watched tonight, although he knocked out Charles Martin, those shots that he threw, I could see them coming. I’d see them coming a mile off and I’d be able to counter them. You have to put [Joshua] in his shell from really early. He’s got longer arms than me, I’d have to get in close. I learned the lesson of not closing the range against Wladimir Klitschko. I believe I could have beat Klitschko if I’d got close to him. And fighting in Britain, the referees wouldn’t have let him hold me [the way he did]. I believe now I have the experience and the pedigree to beat A.J.”
Haye said he’d want the fight “pretty soon,” before adding how he fears Joshua will not be able to fight anyone he can learn from in the coming months. Haye asked the question, who is Joshua going to fight, in his first defence or two, that isn’t so dangerous that they would beat him, but at the same time is good enough to test him. Even if Joshua fought Tyson Fury later this year, Haye said on air, he believes Joshua would “knock Fury out in a couple of rounds.”
“Tyson Fury couldn’t knock out Dereck Chisora, he couldn’t knock him down,” he stated. And if Joshua were to fight Chris Arreola in his maiden defence? “He’d get knocked out in one-round,” Haye said, raising a single finger as he made his statement. “Bermane Stiverne, he’d be a good shout,” Haye added as he and Audley Harrison brainstormed potential challengers for Joshua.
So there you have it, the only man that can beat Joshua, according to David Haye, is David Haye! Fellow pundit, former super-middleweight king Carl Froch isn’t so sure. “Maybe he [Joshua] walks through all of them,” he said, before adding how “David Haye will disagree with that but we just don’t know yet.”
We don’t, but hopefully – if Haye can wipe out Gjergjaj and then Briggs and if Joshua can retain in style with defence number-one – we will this year.