(AGENDAWATCHDOG) – David Haye predicts Anthony Joshua’s superior attitude and nutrition will help him 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 ‘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.
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 medalist 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.’