Haye Warns Joshua To Stay Focued

With Anthony Josuha’s world turned upside down in the past twelve hours, former world champion David Haye believes the unified world heavyweight champion should keep his mind focused heading into June 1st.

On Tuesday night it was revealed that Jarrell Miller had an “adverse finding” in a drug test in late Match, and will most likely be pulled from the June 1st fight at Madison Square Garden.

While Miller and his team await more information from Vada, Haye understand the potential issues facing the unified world heavyweight champion.

“It’s very difficult. I’ve had it in my career when you’ve had a last-minute switch,” Haye told Sky Sports News. “All your sparring partners are geared up to be like Miller. For all he knows, he fights someone five inches taller, and a southpaw, you don’t know what he’s going to do.

“What he needs to focus on is just focus on himself, to be the best Anthony Joshua possible, train hard, stay focused. He’s going to have someone in the ring with him on June 1, hopefully we can just get someone in the ring who isn’t going to be on the big stage for the first time.

“He needs an opponent who has been out there and has performed on the highest level, and there are a few names out there. There’s not many, but there’s a few names out there that would get people excited.”

Haye has transitioned into a management role, guiding the career of heavyweight Dereck Chisora, who is willing to step in even with a fight on Saturday night.

Haye said: “I believe Anthony Joshua needs an opponent who doesn’t get fazed, an opponent who has got a history of challenging for world titles, and producing the goods on the night.

“For me, obviously I got a call from Dereck Chisora this morning, who has a fight this Saturday, and he said ‘Listen, chuck my name into the hat, I’d love that opportunity. I’m a prizefighter, I’m 35 years-old, I’ve shown against Dillian Whyte that I have what it takes at the highest level’.

“He was winning that fight against Dillian Whyte who was ranked at No 1 by many of the governing bodies. He believes now, with a new coach, Dave Coldwell, he can go that next step, and not only challenge for a world title, but win it.”

Initial Report: Sky Sports

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