WBA/WBO/IBF heavyweight champion, Wladimir Klitschko, has spoken out to claim that his mandatory challenger, Tyson Fury would have been beaten had he ended up fighting David Haye, and that red-hot heavyweight prospect, Anthony Joshua would also beat Fury if they were to fight.
Klitschko defends his titles against the British challenger on Nov. 28, and having administered his own one sided shut-out to Haye in 2011, still feels the retired ‘Hayemaker’ would have had enough to knock Fury out had their scheduled meeting not collapsed twice due to Haye’s injured shoulder.
“I fought David Haye and I’ve sparred [Anthony] Joshua and can tell you David Haye would have knocked Tyson Fury out if he had taken that fight,” Klitschko said. “It was not easy (fighting) David Haye. Haye was fast with his hands and footwork, it was extremely complicated to hit him.
“Tyson Fury is not a power puncher. He does not have power behind his punches, is it with combinations that his opponents are TKO’d?”
Fury has 18 early finishes in 24 outings, and while he is admittedly not a one-shot KO artist, the last time he did the 12 round distance was against durable, survivor, Kevin Johnson back in December 2012.
He has visited the canvas a couple of times in his career, largely due to carelessness and exposing himself needlessly, and though he claims not to be making such mistakes anymore, Klitschko is sure both he, and fellow Olympic gold medalist, Anthony Joshua (14-0, 14ko) beat him even now.
“Anthony Joshua is still raw but improved a lot so I think he would (beat Fury), yes. He would win that fight too,” Klitshcko added.