Anthony Joshua will “easily” defeat Wladimir Klitschko if the pair face later this year, according to David Haye.
The IBF world champion could face the Ukrainian in 2016 after Joshua’s promotor Eddie Hearn revealed a deal is getting closer.
Haye, who lost to Klitschko in 2011, reckons ‘AJ’ will sweep Klitschko aside should they face in a mega fight.
“Joshua wins that fight very easily, I really believe that is the case.
“I’ve seen how Klitschko has been declining in recent years. In his last fight against Fury, he looked the worst I’ve ever seen him and averaged around twelve punches a round.
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“All Joshua needs is a fair referee, because if they have one then Klitschko will be disqualified for holding. The Ukrainian will be desperate to get close to AJ, so that Joshua can’t let his hands go. Referees in the past have let him get away with it.”
Haye is himself eyeing a bout with Joshua in the future – maybe next summer at Wembley- but will have to impress in his December 10 fight against a yet unnamed opponent.
“Facing the likes of Joshua, a young and hungry champion, is the reason why I’m in boxing.
“A unification fight with Joshua at Wembley in the summer would be massive and it doesn’t get much better than that.
“He’s a tremendous athlete but I think that I have the skillset and experience to outmanoeuvre him and stick the Hayemaker on his chin.”