Now AJ must hit streets
DAVID HAYE believes Anthony Joshua must be “battle-hardened” in sparring for his rematch with Andy Ruiz Jr.
British heavyweight star Joshua suffered a shock defeat to the Mexican-American In New York earlier this month.
Former two-weight world champion Haye said: “When I was in Miami I used to go on my own and literally spar with anybody. People from the street.
“That hasn’t really been the case for Joshua. He needs to spar allcomers that are allowed to try and knock him out.
“My sparring partners were allowed to try and knock me out if they could, and that’s what made it live.
“I might be completely wrong, but Andy Ruiz Jr appeared more battle-hardened in the battle zone.
“Joshua looked uncomfortable. The only way to become comfortable in that battle zone is to become uncomfortable in the training zone.
“Physically you can’t question Anthony Joshua, in a dead lift competition he’ll beat you. But boxing, punch for punch, toe to toe – that’s the more important thing.”
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