Anthony Joshua Might Retire, David Haye Says
If Anthony Joshua loses on August 20, it could be his last fight.
At least that’s what David Haye predicts when the former unified champion goes toe-to-toe with new heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
“If he doesn’t win, I am not sure AJ wants to be in a sport where he knows he is not the best,” Haye said.
“He got out-hustled by someone he knows he can beat; he just got it wrong. If he brings a great game plan, and does everything he’s supposed to do to beat Usyk, and Usyk still beats him, then what more is there to do?”
Haye is one of three boxers in history to have become a unified cruiserweight champion and a world boxing heavyweight champion. The other two include Evander Holyfield and Usyk.
Usyk shocked Joshua – and the boxing world – when he upset the British boxer with a unanimous decision win in September 2021 in front of his opponent’s home crowd.
Usyk was able to use his stamina to wear out Joshua, who some fans argued did not use his size enough to take down the Ukrainian boxer.
Joshua activated the contracted rematch clause not too long after the results.
Since then, Joshua has made changes to his team, including replacing his longtime trainer Robert McCracken with accomplished mentor Robert Garcia. Joshua went on a U.S. tour visiting Virgil Hunter, Ronnie Shields and Eddy Reynoso.
“At the moment he believes he has all capabilities to beat Usyk, and I think physically he has. All he needs to do is tactically get it right and he should be able to beat Usyk,” Haye continued.
“Hopefully his team give him the right instructions, and he can go out there and fulfil what most of us believe is his destiny.”
Now, Joshua is preparing for his 12th consecutive world title fight. He became a world heavyweight champion when he claimed the IBF strap in 2016 over Charles Martin.