David Haye was bundled through the ropes last time around by an onslaught from Tony Bellew
David Haye has admitted Anthony Joshua would have required just one round to knock him out if he had faced him in March 2017 instead of Tony Bellew.
Last year, the Liverpudlian came into the heavyweight clash against his bitter Brit rival as a huge underdog.
But a torn Achilles suffered in the sixth round rendered Haye virtually useless and Bellew was able to claim a huge upset with an 11th round stoppage.
However the 37-year-old, who prepares to face the former WBC Cruiserweight champion in their highly anticipated rematch on Saturday, suggested current heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua would have required a fraction of the time.
Haye told the Sunday Times: “Let me be honest: if I had been offered a fight with Joshua before the first Bellew fight I would have taken it and I would probably have got squashed.
“In the condition that I was in then, I would have been very lucky to hear the bell for the end of the first round. But things are very different now, both physically and technically.”
The highly anticipated rematch, which you can hear live on talkSPORT this Saturday night, was supposed to happen back in December last year.
However, due to a freak accident, Haye had to pull out with a torn bicep injury.