David Haye praises Joe Joyce ability to take a punch

EXCLUSIVE: ‘You can hit him over the head with a baseball bat and it will bounce off’: David Haye praises Joe Joyce ability to take a punch but says he must avoid his ‘walking through a brick wall’ style to succeed against Joseph Parker

  • David Haye heaped praise on Joe Joyce’s ability to take a punch during a fight
  • He said you could hit Joyce with a baseball bat and it would bounce off him 
  • Joyce will face Parker in a highly-anticipated heavyweight clash on Saturday 
  • The winner of the clash in Manchester will take a step closer to the world title
  • Haye has said that Joyce must avoid using his ‘risky strategy’ against Parker

David Haye has heaped praise on Joe Joyce’s resilience but says the British boxer must avoid using his ‘risky strategy’ during Saturday’s clash with Joseph Parker. 

Joyce will face Parker in a highly-anticipated heavyweight clash on Saturday evening. The winner will take one step closer to a world title shot in 2023.

Haye says Joyce is capable of winning the fight but claims he must avoid using his ‘brick wall’ boxing style to be in with a chance of knocking Parker out.

David Haye (above) has said he is impressed with how well Joe Joyce can take a punch

Joyce will face Parker in a highly-anticipated heavyweight clash on Saturday evening

Haye says Joyce is an expert at taking punches but insists it’s a ‘risky strategy’ to use against Parker – who has never been knocked out. 

When asked about each fighter’s tactics ahead of their heavyweight clash in Manchester, Haye told Sportsmail that Parker would look to ‘box at range’ and ‘jab’ while moving laterally. 

Haye also said Joyce would deploy his traditional ‘brick wall’ strategy – claiming the British boxer was so resilient he could be ‘hit over the head with a baseball and it would just bounce off him’. 

Speaking exclusively to Sportsmail, Haye said: ‘If Parker comes in significantly lighter than usual it will signify he is looking to box at range. 

If Joyce wins the fight in Manchester, he will take one step closer to a world title shot in 2023

However, Haye says Joyce must avoid his ‘walking through a brick wall’ boxing style to succeed

‘That he is looking to move laterally and move his head. He will then look to jab to the body and jab to the head. He’s got a very lovely jab Parker. 

‘The only time I have seen Joyce hurt in the ring was when he fought Bryant Jennings at the O2 arena. 

‘He took a left hook to the body in the first couple of rounds and it took the wind out of him. It’s the first time I have seen any physical signs of discomfort after getting punched. 

‘Usually you can hit him over the head with a baseball bat and it will just bounce off. But in regards to being hurt, the only time I saw him hurt was during that fight – which he won. 

Haye has said the only time he has seen Joyce look hurt was against Bryant Jennings

Joyce is looking to stop Parker on Saturday but the New Zealander has never been knocked out

‘So, if he wants to win this fight… just walking through a brick wall is a very dangerous tactic but maybe he is willing to do that. 

‘It’s worked up until now, so maybe it will work here. But, it’s a very risky strategy. Nonetheless, those watching will get their value for money.’ 

When asked what he meant by value for money, Haye said: ‘You can expect instant fireworks. You can expect two fighters that are extremely confident.

‘Parker is the much more experienced fighter of the two. He is a guy who is a former heavyweight champion of the world. He is a fighter who lost on points to Anthony Joshua and gave a very good account of himself. 

Haye (left) said that he ‘never would have lost’ if he had a ‘granite chin’ like Joyce’s 

Haye announced his retirement from boxing after back-to-back defeats by Tony Bellew


Fights: 32

Wins: 28

Losses: 4

Draws: 0

Titles won

WBA cruiserweight 

WBC cruiserweight

WBO cruiserweight

WBA heavyweight  


‘His defeat was against Dillian Whyte. He was getting heavily beaten but he almost turned it around. 

‘He hit him with an upper cut and really hurt him. If there was a 13th round you never know what would have happened. 

‘He’s shown in his two solitary losses, they weren’t white washes. He didn’t get absolutely obliterated. He didn’t get outclasses. He didn’t get knocked out.’ 

As a result, Haye says Joyce needs to provide ‘some special’ to defeat Parker as his ‘amazing genetics’ will not carry him through this fight.  

He told Sportsmail: ‘Joyce is going to need to do something different in this fight. 

‘In his last couple of fights he was being hit with punches that he shouldn’t have been hit with at World level… against guys that aren’t World level class. 

‘He needs to do something special. He needs to move that head. He has amazing genetics, he has got a granite chin and that is really helpful. I wish I had a chin like he has, I never would have lost believe me. 

‘He can do a standing backflip. He has very good reflexes. If he can find a way to connect his attributes with his style and ideally not get hit slap bang on the chin, he could be a force to be reckoned with. 

‘But, this is going to going to be a massive test for him. Is his style of walking through a brick wall going to work for him? It’s unknown as of yet but we are going to find out on Saturday. ‘

BT Sport Box Office will show Joe Joyce v Joseph Parker exclusively live on Saturday 24th September. Learn more at bt.com/sportboxoffice.  

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