Former two division champion David Haye is hoping that Anthony Joshua and his handlers are taking the Andy Ruiz rematch for the right reasons.
Last month at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Ruiz stopped Joshua in seven rounds to capture the IBF, WBA, WBO, IBO heavyweight titles.
Joshua was down four times in the contest.
It didn’t take long before Joshua exercised an immediate rematch clause.
The second fight is being targeted for the fall, with Joshua vowing to relcaim his lost glory.
Haye is hoping that a second fight is only taking place because Joshua realized what went wrong and now he plans to correct his mistakes.
He doesn’t want Joshua to take that fight, if it’s only to save face with the critics who are blasting him for the loss.
“The fact that I’m hearing that there’s going to be a direct rematch is actually quite heart-warming, because it gives me the thought that the powers that be, Team AJ, realise they got it wrong, and they know what needs to be done to rectify it,” Haye told Sky Sports.
“If they do go for a rematch, they are a smart team, they know what they’re doing. They’ve got him to this stage. They are not going to put him back in a fight against someone who has got his number.
“If he says ‘I need two or three fights to work against smaller guys who come forward, to prepare me better for that,’ I would be happy with that as well. Okay, smart move.
“The fact they are talking about an immediate rematch, I hope they are not just doing it for PR sake. I hope they are doing it because they truly know that it was a freak thing that happened and he’ll be better.”