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David Haye urges Anthony Joshua to rough up Usyk in rematch

David Haye wants Anthony Joshua to rough up Oleksandr Usyk in the upcoming rematch.

The former world champion believes that his fellow Brit will avenge his loss from last year to the Ukrainian but urged the contender to be physical and even risk disqualification if he is to win the belts back.

Haye said: “I’m going to go with Anthony Joshua again. I went with him in a big way in the first fight. He didn’t fight in the manner which I thought he was going to that I think would have given him the best chance of winning.

“He applied probably the worst tactics you could do against a southpaw. Gave him range, was respectful inside, in close. There were no warnings from the ref about deducting points because he never imposed himself."

Joshua and his new coach Robert Garcia have been working on a more aggressive approach for this bout and Haye feels that the new approach will pay off.

The retired fighter said: “He’s got a good team who’s gonna drill it into him that this is not a boxing match, this has got to be a dogfight from the first bell. He should be this close to getting a point deducted or disqualified, that’s how physical he needs to be because he’s a specimen like no other in the heavyweight division.

“He is physically the supreme heavyweight right now. He just needs to apply that into a style that’s useful and last time round it wasn’t very useful at all and this time around he really has to do it. And I believe he will do it.”

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