Will Haye Freeze Under The Spotlights
By Jim Dower: Put on the fast track for a heavyweight title against one of the Klitschko brothers, as of now rumored to be Wladimir, former cruiserweight champion David Haye hasn’t had to earn his way to the top like other fighters. This in itself may or may not end up biting him on the backside when he’s put in the ring with one of the 6’6″ Klitschko brothers, but it probably won’t help him much either.
However, I think Haye, 28, might end up freezing at the moment of truth against Wladimir or Vitali, and be too frightened to fight effectively. I saw hints of that in his fight with Monte Barrett in November, in which Haye looked scared in the opening round against the veteran Barrett. However, luckily for Haye, Barrett didn’t have much power to threaten Haye’s notoriously weak chin, though he did end up dropping Haye later in the fight in the 5th round.
Being put into a fight that he isn’t prepared for mentally or physically, will be the problem I think. It’s nice that Haye is courageous enough to want to fight the Klitschko brothers, but that doesn’t really matter much. I’d fight both of them to for the chance to get a big payday and cruise off into the sunset afterwards. But that doesn’t mean that I’d win.
The same goes for Haye. He can take the fight against either of them with his lack of real life experience against quality heavyweights, but that’s frankly kind of stupid if you ask me. If he needs the case, then do it, but if he doesn’t, then it’s a dumb move as far as I’m concerned. If taking a beating is what Haye wants, then I say, go ahead and take the fight, but I can’t see anything good coming of it.
Without the experience against quality heavyweights, I see Haye freezing up, looking as if he’s about to give his first speech in front of a class full of girls and end up stuttering, sweating and coming off bad. I’d think more of him if he had at least fought two or three good heavyweights before he did this instead of Monte Barrett and Tomasz Bonin.