Anthony Joshua has the chance avenge his defeat to Oleksandr Usyk last year in their upcoming rematch on August 20.
But former world heavyweight champion David Haye says Joshua needs rough the champion up and be ‘close to getting disqualified’ to get the job done.
AJ lost his WBO, IBO, IBF and WBA (super) heavyweight titles to the Ukrainian last September via unanimous decision.
Every boxing expert has told Anthony Joshua what went wrong against Oleksandr Usyk
The Brit was widely criticised for attempting to outbox a former Olympic gold medalist and undisputed cruiserweight champion.
Joshua chose to move on from career-long coach Rob McCracken, promote Angel Fernandaez and employ Robert Garcia to his team to plot victory in the rematch.
Now that Rage on the Red Sea is upon us, Haye insists that just like the first encounter, he’s going to back his compatriot because this time he’s going to do what he needs to do.
The Hayemaker told Gareth A. Davies: “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.”
Urging AJ to embrace using some dirty tactics, Haye added: “I think he’s [Joshua] watched it back and knows what he needs to do.
David Haye is still backing his countryman to get his tactics right and regain the world titles
“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 dog fight 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.
Usyk pulled away from Joshua in the late stages of their first fight to get the decision win
Haye, like many others, is imploring AJ to use his size and strength advantage against Usyk
“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.”
Haye won world titles at cruiserweight and heavyweight before retiring after his last bout in 2018, ironically a lost rematch to Tony Bellew.
Whoever wins out of Joshua and Usyk has the prospect of facing WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury in an undisputed title fight.
Fury says he is retired, but is yet to vacate the title in his four months since defeating Dillian Whyte.