Haye rates Joshua as number one heavyweight above Wilder and Fury

David Haye believes Anthony Joshua’s perfect 22-0 record allows him to stand out above Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury in today’s heavyweight division.

The now-retired former champion ranks AJ as the best of the current bunch, even after Wilder and Fury shared a controversial draw in December.

Haye told talkSPORT: “The guy that I’d consider number one is the guy who has an unblemished record. Anthony Joshua’s never had a draw.

“If you look at Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder, they had a fight, I was strangely happy with a draw because it’s hard to go into an opponent’s back yard and take the title off the champion after being knocked down so heavily, twice.

“I understood a draw. If I was a judge, possibly I would have scored it to Tyson Fury, but the boxing Gods believe they should do it again.”

Many boxing fans thought Fury did enough to beat Wilder in their December draw, however Haye insists he was happy with the result despite understanding this argument.

The 38-year-old added: “Some people like that aggression, they like the knockdowns. Some people prefer the stylish boxing.

“There was an argument both ways. I think it was a good think that they got a draw.

“Both fighters remain undefeated and I was hoping for a rematch – that didn’t happen.”

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