David Haye: Joshua's shock Ruiz defeat gives him edge over Fury

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

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

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

Negotiations regarding the all-British contest are still ongoing with an official announcement over the date is ‘imminent’ with the first fight set 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 undefeated Fury. 

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

Fury (above) and Joshua are set to reveals plans for their first unification fight later this year

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

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

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

‘I think that Fury believes he is the finished article. Whereas Joshua doesn’t – he is learning. Fury has been celebrating for a long time. This isn’t a bodybuilding competition but I like the mindset and discipline of Joshua.’

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

Joshua’s only career defeat was against American Andy Ruiz Jr 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 yet to taste defeat in the boxing ring in 31 fights – but did controversially draw against Deontay Wilder in December 2018 before winning the rematch in February of last year. 

Fury’s pre-fight preparations came into question when the Morecambe heavyweight boxer admitted in March he was drinking 12 pints a day while waiting for the fight to take place on holiday.

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

And Haye has come out to say Joshua’s better nutrition plan will aide him in his battle against Fury – a contest being described as one of the best heavyweight boxing fights of all-time. 

Haye continued:  ‘In the long term of a physical game like boxing, the dedication and nutrition of Joshua (will come out on top). He is an underdog but I like the underdog. Joshua is physically superior. If they did any sport outside of boxing, Joshua would win.

‘A boxing match is skill-based and people believe Fury’s skills supersede Joshua’s. But the skilled boxer doesn’t always win. The boxer with speed, endurance, will to win, strategy, who has trained correctly? 

There’s a million elements that go into winning a boxing match but people ignore everything except skills.’

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