Former two divisional champion David Haye has opened up on how he believes Anthony Joshua will be able to easily defeat former Cruiserweight undisputed champion Oleksandr Usyk, when they collide at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on July 25th.
Haye, who formerly held World titles at Cruiserweight and Heavyweight believes the Four belt heavyweight world champion will end Usyk with a big knockout.
Haye knows first hand, what it means being in the opposite corner against Usyk when he was managing the career of his client and former foe Dereck Chisora. Usyk picked up a competitive decision victory over Chisora in that fight.
Haye also followed Usyk’s route to becoming a two division champion, having also Unified the Cruiserweight division in his time before making the leap to Heavyweight and eventually winning a world title. However, he believes that Oleksandr Usyk will not be capable of defeating Joshua, due to his judgements from the Chisora fight.
“I think his style might be very effective if AJ was 6’2″ and 14st,” Haye told Sky Sports.
“But AJ isn’t. AJ is 6’6” and he’s an absolute specimen, and he’s one of the best athletes ever in the heavyweight division. That just spells knockout defeat for Usyk. If Usyk was the future of the heavyweight division and he’s going to be good enough to beat AJ, he should have at least stopped Derek Chisora or won by a landslide.
Haye knows that Usyk is one of the best Boxers in the Planet and has a lot off skill and movement when comparing with Joshua. However, Haye points out that Usyk has no punching Power and being fast won’t be enough to keep Joshua away.
“But he didn’t. He wasn’t able to keep the heavier man off him. He didn’t have the firepower. I just don’t see AJ having any problems. I’ll tell you exactly what punch it’s going to be – a jab, right hand and then a straight jab again. The jab will knock out Usyk. He will knock Usyk out with a jab.
“He may have as much skill as I have, he may have more skill than me. But he just doesn’t punch hard enough to keep the big men at bay. You can be as fast as you want, but the speed isn’t bothering the big guy. Usyk’s power and speed didn’t bother Chisora. To beat the big men, the big monsters at heavyweight, you have to have a big punch to get their respect, keep them off you.
He doesn’t have the firepower to keep the big men off him, so the big men are going to be on him when they choose to.”