Charles believes Haye would get the better of Joshua.

Don Charles: David Haye would outwit Anthony Joshua

Published 6 Comments

Anthony Joshua would struggle if he came up against David Haye, according to Dereck Chisora's trainer Don Charles.

The IBF World Heavyweight Champion has risen to the top of the sport over the past few years, having 17 fights and winning all of them by knockout.

Joshua emerged onto the boxing scene after winning gold at the London Olympics in 2012, and since then, he has taken the sport by storm, picking up victories with great ease along the way.


Apply to become a GMS writer by signing up and submitting a 250-word test article:

Article continues below

However, there is one guy that he would struggle against. According to Charles, the ring craft of Haye would outwit the champion.

Charles worked with Joshua during his youth days, and despite heavily praising the champ and his overall power, he believes Haye would be a difficult opponent for him should they meet.

Article continues below

Charles told Sky Sports: "I had the privilege of training Anthony at a very early stage in his career, as an amateur, and his power is immeasurable. It's truly immeasurable.

"Joshua is a very determined young man, he's learned to have that patience. Joshua is top of the tree, because he's the current world champion.

"That build is not that of a fighter, but apart from Dillian Whyte he hasn't been in a gruelling fight. You can't take that power, but you can nullify it.

"He is better than Tyson Fury. However, right now if he was to fight Haye, I'd pick David Haye, if you were to put them in the ring together tomorrow. Haye is very clever. His ring IQ is very high. The trick is to get someone to miss.

David Haye vs Arnold Gjergjaj

"Haye is a master at making people miss. He was making Klitschko miss miserably. He lost because he was too negative. Had he jumped on Wladimir from round six he'd have beaten him."

During his career, Haye is 28-2, with 26 of his victories coming in the way of knockout, and Charles believes his ring awareness would be crucial if he was to fight Joshua in the future.

It's recently been announced that Joshua will defend his title on November 26, but it is yet to be revealed who his opponent will be.

The 26-year-old's last fight was against Dominic Breazeale, who he beat in seven rounds back in June to retain his title, whilst Haye's last fight was back in May, where he beat Arnold Gjergjaj in the second round.

Who would YOU back in a fight? Anthony Joshua or David Haye? Leave YOUR predictions in the comment section below!

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

David Haye
Wladamir Klitschko
Floyd Mayweather

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again