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David Haye Calls for Anthony Joshua to Rematch Dillian Whyte


David Haye Calls for Anthony Joshua to Rematch Dillian Whyte


Former two-division world champion David Haye has voiced his preference for Anthony Joshua to rematch Dillian Whyte next. While Joshua recently won a twelve-round unanimous decision over Jermaine Franklin, Haye doesn't believe it was an impressive enough performance to warrant a blockbuster bout with WBC world champion Tyson Fury just yet.


Joshua and Whyte faced off in 2015, with Joshua winning by knockout in the seventh round. However, after Whyte won a tough twelve-round majority decision over Franklin last November, Haye thinks it's the perfect time for a rematch.


"I'd like to see him in there with Dillian next, that would be nice, that makes perfect sense," Haye said. "That's not the performance to go in there with Tyson Fury. If he went out there and blitzed him in a couple of rounds, OK, but he needs a better performance than that to jump in with Tyson, in my opinion."


Haye believes that Joshua needs a much stronger performance, like a win over Whyte, to create a buzz for a potential fight with Fury. He added, "That's a high-profile fight, lots of pressure, someone that's coming in that can punch. That will get everyone's juices flowing. And then the winner of that can look at Fury."


While Joshua has expressed interest in fighting Fury, Haye thinks that Fury isn't interested in negotiating and that Joshua would be better off pursuing a rematch with Whyte. "Fury is not a person to negotiate with because he'll mess you around," Whyte said. "If he's being offered unified heavyweight champion and not taking it, what is Joshua going to offer him to take the fight? Nothing."

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