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David Haye Exclusive: Three big fights that must happen this season

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Betfair Ambassador David Haye walks us through the three heavyweight fights he'd love to see happen this season and gives his expert predictions on each...

"If AJ stands toe-to-toe and starts trading, like he did in the first fight, he’ll get stopped in a similar fashion"

Derek Chisora v Joseph Parker

The styles of these two men would gel perfectly and that will make for a cracking contest. Both have shown good punch resistance over the years, they've shown they are more than happy to dig deep and put it on the line. Joseph Parker hit the canvas for the first time in his career against Dillian Whyte but got back to his feet and rallied to drop his opponent in the 12th round, proving himself to be the real deal. He won a number of new fans that night.

Derek has shown over the years, when things aren't going his way, he can summon up a knockout punch. He did it against a man with a granite chin in Carlos Takam and he'll do it again. That punch power means you can never write him off and he's as dangerous in the last round as he is the first. In his last fight he went out there with a point to prove and showed us he's still world class.

Both fighters have said they are very interested in fighting each other. I'm sure it'll happen this year and when it does, I'm predicting Derek Chisora to win by a late stoppage. It'll be an absolute barnstormer and, as a boxing fan, it's the one I want to see happen sooner rather than later.

Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury

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The first fight was an absolute cracker, so much so the rematch simply has to happen within the next 12 months. It had all the drama you could wish for, with Tyson Fury knocked down heavily but winning the majority of rounds. Both men are scheduled to take on different opponents next but there's no reason why this one can't be settled this season, probably in the early part of next year.

If the rivals did face-off for a second time, I'd be on the fence again. My first instinct would be to pick Deontay Wilder by knockout, for obvious reasons. He brings incredible punch power and is capable of landing a knockout blow at any stage of the contest. Having said that, Tyson Fury has shown many times in the past it's foolish to write him off. The longer the fight goes the more chance he has of beating Wilder and if the bout goes to points it means Wilder hasn't been able to get to his man, so you'd have to take Fury on points.

This one really could go either way and a lot could happen between now and the first bell of the rematch, but it's a fight the fans are desperate to see again and that makes it unavoidable. It's a classic clash of style and won the hearts of boxing followers. We'll find out who the best big man on the planet is.

Anthony Joshua v Andy Ruiz Jr

This one is confirmed for Saudi Arabia in December when Andy Ruiz Jr, the new heavyweight champion of the world, rematches the former heavyweight champion of the world in Anthony Joshua. There's all to fight for in this one but I believe Joshua has the ability to even the score and get his belts back.

AJ has it all, on paper. The physical tools and attributes, but to give himself the best chance of winning he has to keep the fight long. He simply must keep Ruiz behind the jab for the majority of the contest, similar to how he fought Joseph Parker - punch on the outside, don't engage in battle and tie Ruiz up when he gets in close. The last thing he wants is to get involved in another war as Ruiz is comfortable in the battle zone.

My prediction for December's fight is Anthony Joshua by points decision. If AJ stands toe-to-toe and starts trading, like he did in the first fight, he'll get stopped in a similar fashion. If he keeps it long, he'll score a sensible points decision. It may not be the most entertaining fight, but getting the result is the most important thing. The jab will be key to victory here.

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