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David Haye advises Anthony Joshua to avoid Tyson Fury heavyweight title fight

Former world champion Haye believes that the best next step for Joshua would be a rematch with old rival Dillian Whyte, not the highly-anticipated Fury fight

Former world heavyweight champion David Haye has warned Anthony Joshua against fighting Tyson Fury next, instead recommending a rematch with Dillian Whyte.

Haye was ringside for Joshua’s win over Jermaine Franklin on Saturday night at the O2 Arena in London, but feels that he wasn’t troubled enough by the American in a decisive points victory. Fans were disappointed not to see a statement knockout from Joshua, as was the man himself, and his fellow Brit reckons a meeting with Whyte would help to answer more questions.

Joshua has called for a meeting with long-time rival Fury this summer, with promoter Eddie Hearn keen to make the bout after multiple deals fell apart between the two in recent years. But Hate isn’t so sure that it’s the right move at the moment, insisting that Whyte is the better choice.

“Isn’t Tyson Fury fighting someone else?” Haye responded when asked by Mirror Fighting if it’s too early for Joshua under his new coaching regime to face Fury. “I’d prefer off the strength of that last victory that was very comfortable to see him in an uncomfortable fight first because one thing you can guarantee in against [Deontay] Wilder, Tyson Fury it’s uncomfortable.

“It’s an uncomfortable fight that he’s going to have to have to be victorious. When’s the last time he was uncomfortable? Against Usyk and he lost. He wasn’t uncomfortable against Franklin, it was a comfortable victory. Dillian [Whyte] I believe would make him uncomfortable.

“And it’s how he deals in the discomfort zone that will determine how he will deal with the likes of Fury, Wilder or Usyk again. He’s going to understand that ‘I’m going to be uncomfortable dealing with these guys but I’m going to have to deal with it.

I’d like to see before he starts fighting the top players go in there with Dillian Whyte who is a top player himself. He’s had a victory, lots of spice because they’re both from the UK. Controversial first fight, Dillian had one arm in the first fight so I’m looking forward to that showdown

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