Haye: Chisora Told Me Joshua Was Super-Fit in Training Camp

Former two division champion David Haye, the manager of heavyweight contender Derek Chisora, broke down the recent sparring session that his boxer had with former unified world champion Anthony Joshua.

Joshua is deep in training for his scheduled rematch with Andy Ruiz, which takes place on December 7th in Saudi Arabia.

Back in June, Ruiz shocked the sport when he dropped Joshua four times to secure a seventh round stoppage and the WBO, IBF, WBA, IBO heavyweight titles.


Haye explained that Joshua is in top form, according to Chisora, and ready for rematch.

"He sparred with AJ, he didn't even tell me," Haye said to Sky Sports. "Normally he wouldn't do it. But he's ticked over in the gym and said he enjoyed sparring."

"Derek was impressed. AJ was super-fit, in great shape, focused on his boxing. All the right noises were coming out of the camp. There were multiple sparring partners including Bryant Jennings. AJ has slimmed down - if you're going to have a long-range boxing match then trim off any unnecessary muscle."

Chisora, who recently knocked out David Price, is training extremely hard to land one final world title shot.

"Derek's mind-set now has the willingness to pay the price in training," said Haye. "He focuses on the fundamentals of hard work - it is not fun to work hard and to eat boring meals. He's done that in the past but now he's lean and mean. Straight after his fight [with Price] he said: 'I need to lose weight'.

"He has an extra stone of weight that he is carrying. He can still do sprints, deadlifting and sprints. But a 120kg [18st 13lbs] Chisora would lose to a 113kg [17st 11lbs] Chisora who would have faster reactions. He understands that and says he will lose weight."

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by BLASTER1 on 11-12-2019

It sounds like both AJ and Ruiz have lost a lot of weight for this next fight. I hope it's a fire fight like the first but I have a feeling Joshua is just going to try box from the…

Comment by Timur78 on 11-12-2019

I thought one of the takeaways from the review was that AJ should be sparring with opponents resembling Ruiz. Why is he sparring with Jennings who is 190cm?

Comment by champion4ever on 11-12-2019

Losing so much muscle can also weaken Anthony Joshua. Now he really has no protection from Ruiz' punching power. By being so lean, he really won't be able to fight Andy off of him.

Comment by giant_king on 11-12-2019

Who the heck is this haye guy.And why does he look like shaggy lol

Comment by Mayweatherducks on 11-12-2019

Too bad his chin will still be glass made in China 🇨🇳. A beating from NY to Saudi Arabia has gotta weigh mentally on the brain after lol. He will be forced to retire cause Wilder will surely make him…

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