So here it is , the fight Heavyweight boxing has been waiting for since Lennox Lewis ended the myth of Mike Tyson. David Haye, the braggart from Bermondsey against Wladimir Klitschko, Dr Steelhammer. Although my head tells me this is a real pick em' fight - can Haye take Klitschko out his comfort zone and avoid his jab? Will Wlad pummel him with that ramrod straight left and pulverise him with the right cross / uppercut combination? In reality, anything can and will happen, but often when I watch boxing, probably because i watched Rocky 4 300 times, I revert to a childlike state. I also believe in destiny when it comes to the hardest game, not just because I'm a romantic but because the sport is littered with happenings that have seen the form book ripped to shreds. So I'm going for Haye, and here's why.
Haye was quick for a Cruiserweight and at Heavyweight he is lightning. It's interesting that in the golden years of the 70s Haye would have been pretty much equal in size and height to Muhammad Ali but today looks small in comparison. He's no Tyson in terms of lateral head movement and doesn't dance like Ali, but then who did. Amongst the leaden-footed Heavyweights of today he's as slippery as a chicken dipped in goose fat. As a wise man once said "the fists can't hit what the eyes can't see, float like a butterfly sting like a bee…"
Haye’s quote that “I’m a Lion, he’s a Hyena” is, on first glance, nothing more than box-office bluster. Yet it is an incredibly accurate description of their fighting styles. Haye stalks his opponents with hands low, torso rocking and poised on the balls of his feet to attack, and when he lands one punch he will keep on landing until resolution. Klitschko, on the other hand, picks on the scraps of his opponents deficiencies. Boasting good reach and an impressive jab/cross combination, he wears opponents down and is very good at counter-fighting. But he doesn't like to scrap. Haye loves a scrap. This will be new territory to Klitschko, and the beauty of Haye is that he throws punches in bunches from every conceivable angle.
Haye stalks his opponents with hands low, torso rocking and poised on the balls of his feet to attack, and when he lands one punch he will keep on landing until resolution
Haye doesn't just sling leather, he slings leather coated in iron. Anyone who saw his fight with the gigantic Valuev will know that had Haye not broke his hand he would've toppled the gorgon. Late on in the fight, when Haye emerged from behind his perfect game-plan the beast from the east wobbled. We knew then the fight was won. Neither men are known for a rock iron chin but Haye has left the foibles of youth behind him and lands big shots with devastating accuracy.
A few of his comments might have disappeared beyond the pale but Haye, like all boxers, knows that trash sells, and he is happy to engage in as much of it as possible to sell the fight. He will talk so much shit between now and fight night that Klitschko will simply want to knock his block off. Fighters can be too angry for fights, but that won’t happen with Haye. He’s too laid-back, too focused and too intelligent to allow it to happen. Him and his trainer Adam Booth have a game plan and stick to it like glue.
Germany is a second home to the Klitschkos but, much like when Hatton used to take over Vegas, expect British fans to dominate in noise and come close in numbers. And even if they don’t, does anyone seriously believe that once they see Haye tear into Klitschko that his German fan-base won’t be swayed? I’m not suggesting that it will be like Rocky 4 and that the whole of the Communist world will suddenly rise as one for a midget from Philly, but fight fans love fighters who fight. Simple.
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