David Haye vs Anthony Joshua in 2018: Ready for an upset?Written by Leroy Cleveland
Former two-weight division champion David Haye is angling himself for 2018 showdown with fellow Brit IBF/WBA heavyweight belt holder Anthony Joshua.
Of course a presumably compromised Haye was stopped inside the distance by Tony Bellew in March. Now, David is seeking a rematch with Bellew or a victory against another opponent with enough credibility to warrant an all-Brit showdown with Joshua.
Should Joshua vs Haye come to fruition next year, expect the latter to be a massive favorite. However, Joshua could be in for a big shock IF Haye is healthy and light.
Following his 3 1/2-year hiatus from boxing, we've seen a heavier, less elusive version of David Haye. Usually weighting around 210 lbs, David tipped the scales at 227¼ and 224 for Gjergjaj and de Mori, respectively.
If a "healthy" Haye comes in between 210 and 215 pounds and isn't flat-footed, his explosiveness could give the much bigger Joshua problems. After all, we've seen Anthony tagged by lesser opposition with far less finesse and experience.
Remember how quick and awkward Haye was in his 2012 bout with Dereck Chisora? David weighed 210 pounds for that bout and looked sensational against his plodding foe as Chisora couldn't find the target.
Joshua has awesome punching power but would he be able to find the target against a light, nimble, healthy David Haye?
And at 37, would Haye be able to muster the quickness and timing necessary to unseat a young, poised champion like Joshua?
Should Joshua vs Haye happen next year, the smart money would be on Joshua. However, a healthy Haye would a formidable opponent to say the least.