“People Think I’m Crazy”- David Haye Backs Anthony Joshua to Beat Tyson Fury

Published 05/18/2021, 2:48 AM EDT
SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – MAY 01: Anthony Joshua in action during a training session during the Anthony Joshua Media Day at the English Institute of Sport on May 01, 2019 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)


After several rigmaroles and verbal confrontations, Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua finally seem aligned to face each other in a massive unification bout on August 14. Meanwhile, the news has already split the boxing world, urging everyone to take sides in the matchup.

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That said, former world champion David Haye has favored Anthony Joshua to win the fight. ‘The Hayemaker’ didn’t demean Tyson Fury’s chances in the mix but pointed at several factors that might work well for ‘AJ’.

Speaking with the media, Haye said, “I like the dedication of Joshua and I think he has a good chance of winning it early. People think I’m crazy but that’s just the way I see it. I loved his fight against Wladimir Klitschko–he took his licks and got back up and showed the heart of a champion.”

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Following his second title win over Andy Ruiz Jr. in 2019, Anthony Joshua has defended his belts with a KO over Kubrat Pulev in December, last year. So, he has been active recently and looks in shape before the fight against Tyson Fury. Moreover, ‘AJ’ hasn’t indulged himself in trash-talking and despite Fury’s scratchy remarks over time, he has chosen to not respond.

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WBC titlist Tyson Fury has had his last pro fight against Deontay Wilder in February. Although he won the fight in a lopsided showdown, the long lay-off from action might not be beneficial for him. Nevertheless, David Haye predicted to see a knockout in the outcome and shocked several fans.

He continued, “I think it’s a great fight and I really see it being won by stoppage. I’m just so glad we’re so close to seeing it happen.” (H/T:- Belfast Telegraph)

Can Anthony Joshua knockout Tyson Fury?

Undefeated champion, Tyson Fury hasn’t left any blueprint for his rivals to outline a plan of stopping him. He has appeared flawless in his 31 fight career and despite being knocked down a couple of times, none could ever vanquish ‘The Gypsy King’.

However, Anthony Joshua is a rare physical specimen and is one of the hardest punchers in the world right now. On his road to world championship and defense, ‘AJ’ has vanquished several elites. Hence, if he connects with a power punch, Joshua can shock the world.

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DIRIYAH, SAUDI ARABIA – DECEMBER 07: Anthony Joshua poses for a photo with the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title belts after the IBF, WBA, WBO & IBO World Heavyweight Title Fight between Andy Ruiz Jr and Anthony Joshua during the Matchroom Boxing ‘Clash on the Dunes’ show at the Diriyah Season on December 07, 2019 in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

With all four world titles on the line, the winner will depart as the undisputed, unified world heavyweight champion. The title was last held by Lennox Lewis, and either Fury or Joshua will put their name next on the list.

Who do you see winning the fight? Tyson Fury or Anthony Joshua?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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