Sky pundit David Haye says IBF heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua is getting Wladimir Klitschko at the perfect time for their fight on April 29. Haye wasn’t too impressed with the way Klitschko fought against Tyson Fury in his last fight, and he thinks the combination for that performance and his long layoff from the ring could spell trouble for him against big Joshua.
Wladimir and Joshua were inside the ring last Saturday night after Joshua 3rd round TKO victory over Eric Molina at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Wladimir was brought out into the ring to help hype/promote Joshua’s fight against him at the Wembley Arena in London, England. The fight is going to be sold to the British public on Sky Box Office.
While the other Sky pundits were saying mostly positive things about the Joshua-Klitschko fight in seeing it as a competitive fight, Haye was more or less being negative on the Ukrainian Klitschko’s chances of winning the contest. Haye suggests that Joshua is getting Wladimir at the right time in his career with him looking less than spectacular against Fury.
“The only thing I worry about is the lack of punch volume from Wladimir Klitschko in his last fight,” Haye told Sky Sports Box Office. “I think this is the perfect time for him to beat Wladimir Klitschko, who still is a massive name in the division. When he needed to let his hands go, he put his foot down and there was no gas in the tank. I’m not sure if he still has it?”
Wladimir did fight worse than he’d ever fought before in his last fight against Fury. Wladimir would not throw punches in that fight. His brother Vitali Klitschko and trainer Jonathan Banks both attempted to take Wladimir through the fight by telling him what he needed to do for him to win, which was namely to throw punches. Wladimir wouldn’t do it, and this was against a light puncher in Fury. Now that Wladimir is fighting a hard puncher in Joshua, Haye believes that he’s going to revert to form and not let his hands go.
“I think this is the perfect fight for Anthony Joshua,” said Haye. “I think this is the perfect time for him to beat Wladimir Klitschko, who still is a massive name in the division. But I believe Joshua is too young, too fresh, and he’s on too much good form.”