Anthony Joshua Will Retire If He Doesn’t Beat Oleksandr Usyk in August- Predicts David Haye

Thursday July 07,2022

By Daily Mail UK

Anthony Joshua could hang up his gloves and walk away from boxing should he lose his eagerly-anticipated rematch against Oleksandr Usyk, predicts David Haye.  

The 32-year-old was outclassed as he lost his WBA, WBO and IBF titles to the Ukrainian mastermind in September last year, but on August 20 he has the opportunity to gain revenge as the pair do battle once more, this time in Saudi Arabia.  

The bout will be Joshua’s 12th consecutive world title fight, having claimed the IBF strap with victory over Charles Martin back in 2016, in what was just his 16th professional outing.

Haye believes the Briton may not want to participate in a sport where he’s not the top dog, but insists the heavyweight has the attributes to overcome Usyk.

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?

‘He’s then not number one. He is such a winner… does he regroup? I’m not sure.

‘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. 

‘Hopefully his team give him the right instructions, and he can go out there and fulfil what most of us believe is his destiny.’

Credit: DailyMail

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