Haye bets on Joshua to win

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Lon­don: Anthony Joshua has the “phys­i­cal tools” to take Charles Martin’s world heavy­weight cham­pi­onship, ac­cord­ing to David Haye.

Joshua will chal­lenge for the IBF ti­tle against Amer­i­can cham­pion Martin on April 9, live on Sky Sports Box Of­fice, and heavy­weight ri­val Haye ex­pects the belt to re­main in Bri­tain. Haye, a for­mer world cruis­er­weight cham­pion and world heavy­weight cham­pion, has also thrown his name in the hat to fight the win­ner. “This is where we find out if Anthony Joshua has the goods or not,” Haye said. Sky Sports pics this sum­mer if the box­ing com­pe­ti­tion is open to pro­fes­sional fight­ers. His pro­moter, though, thinks the idea of any pro fight­ing in Rio – much less the eight-time world cham­pion – is a ter­ri­ble idea.

“The idea you’ll al­low pro­fes­sion­als into the Olympics at this short no­tice is ab­so­lutely in­sane,” the pro­moter Bob Arum said. The head of the In­ter­na­tional Box­ing As­so­ci­a­tion (Aiba) has pro­posed al­low­ing pros in the Olympics, though it is doubt­ful if the plan would be im­ple­mented by Rio be­cause qual­i­fi­ca­tion tour­na­ments are ei­ther un­der way or have al­ready been held for box­ers in most coun­tries. Pac­quiao, who fights Ti­mothy Bradley next week in his first bout since los­ing to Floyd May­weather Jr last May, said on Fri­day that the idea of box­ing for a gold medal in­trigues him. The Guardian

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