BEATING Tyson Fury would be 'very tough' for Anthony Joshua, according to David Haye.
A world heavyweight title unifier between the pair was touted for much of this year.
But those hopes would go up in flames, with Deontay Wilder winning his arbitration ruling for a Fury trilogy bout, then AJ losing to Oleksandr Usyk.
Should Joshua be able to beat Usyk next year, with promoter Eddie Hearn having triggered their rematch clause, he would still be in line to face the Gypsy King at some point.
But former two-division champ Haye doesn't think AJ would stand much of a chance.
Speaking on BT Sport, the 40-year-old said: "I think from the strength of that performance, it would be very tough for AJ.
"Having watched AJ’s last performance against Usyk, the shots that Fury took down the pipe from Wilder, he was able to get back up and rough him up.
"The fact that AJ stood at range with Usyk having a boxing match… is AJ going to beat Fury in a boxing match? I don’t believe so."
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Fury, 33, was forced to face adversity last night, twice being sent sprawling to the canvas by Wilder and being down in the scorecards after round six.
But he found a way to turn the tide, producing a stunning 11th round KO to retain his WBA belt.
After his win, Fury admitted that he 'feels sorry' for opponents that have to face him.
I'm the generation fighter, I actually feel sorry for all these guys who have had to fight me
He roared: "I can only be the best fighter of my day, and I've done that. I'm the best fighter of my era.
"I'm the generation fighter, I actually feel sorry for all these guys who have had to fight me.
"Because I'm in the dressing room at home I'm not nervous – you know it's a boxing fight to me.
"I feel sorry for them because they're fighting the fighter of the generation, that's for sure."
He even likened himself to KING KONG, before heading off to party with wife Paris and brother Tommy in downtown Las Vegas.
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