Haye Gets His Big Money Fight Against Wladimir
By Scott Gilfoid: David Haye (22-1, 21 KOs) must be feeling like he struck the jackpot right about now after signing for a June 20th bout against WBO/IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (52-3, 46 KOs), the best fighter in the heavyweight division. Just by getting into the fight, Haye will make out like a fat rat win or lose, and will make millions of dollars no matter what happens. I don’t think Haye should even be in the fight, because he’s done nothing to deserve to fight against the top fighter in boxing.
I blame that on the sanctioning bodies, because they’re the ones that blew it by instantly giving Haye a top five ranking despite him having only one fight at heavyweight before his recent win over Monte Barrett. Haye should have had to work his way to a title fight with Wladimir and not had one given to him on a silver platter like this.
That’s just so wrong. I know the rationale of the World Boxing Organization, which has Haye ranked at number #3 in the heavyweight division, they’re rewarding him on his past accomplishments in the cruiserweight division where he held two titles – the WBO and WBC cruiserweight titles.
That’s all well and good, but Haye should have gotten in line with the rest of the heavyweights and at least been made to beat top heavyweights like Alexander Povetkin and two or three other top heavyweights before being given a shot at Wladimir.
Of course, Haye would have probably had big problems with any of them, and thereby probably wouldn’t be around for a fight with Wladimir, but at least we’d have only the top fighters facing Wladimir through the natural weeding out process instead of Haye being planted at the top and given what I see as an unfair shot at the title.
This whole thing makes my stomach turn, making me sick as I see the unfairness of it all. Haye should be on the proving grounds for a chance at Wladimir, not in the ring with him.
I suppose the only good that will come out of all this is that Wladimir will knock Haye senseless within a round or two, and things will even out in the end. However, it’s never a good idea to have someone placed artificially at the top without them being prepared for it.
Haye is like a grade school kid struggling addition and subtraction being placed in a Calculus class by an adoring teacher. The kid might be grateful as heck for the special placement, but on the first day of class he’ll quickly be lost and drown under the course load.
The same applies to Haye. Haye’s a pumped up cruiserweight with a weak chin that’s faced essentially no one in the heavyweight division, yet he’s being given a shot at the title despite this. I seriously doubt that Haye could beat the best cruiserweights in the division right now, much less a good heavyweight.
Wladimir isn’t just a good heavyweight, however. He’s the best of the bunch and it’s going to be ridiculously easy in the manner that he’ll be dispatching Haye come June 20th. Oh well, that’s what happens when someone like Haye is thrust into a situation that they have no training for. I’m going to enjoy every second of this fight, believe me.
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