Is Haye the Next Fighter That Gets Exposed?
By Scott Gilfoid: Coming off a bad week for British boxing with the 2nd round KO loss by Ricky Hatton, next up we have another seemingly confident Brit in David Haye, who with next to no experience against top level heavyweight competition, has talked his way into a fight with none other than IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko for a bout set to take place on June 20th at the Veltins Arena, in Germany. Haye has done an admirable job of first pressuring Klitschko through the media to get the fight with the Ukrainian and then selling out the large 63,000 seat German soccer stadium by promoting the fight.
However, questions remain whether Haye has the chin or the ability to make even one round with Klitschko, much less a full 12 rounds. Most people don’t expect it to last that long, because both Haye and Wladimir punch very hard and are both plagued by having weak chins.
Some of Haye’s many fans feel that Haye doesn’t have a weak chin, and point that he’s only been beaten once in his career. However, in taking a close look at Haye’s record it’s hard for me to find any opponents were mentioning. In fact, I can only spot one quality fighter on Haye’s entire record, Carl Thompson, and he’s the only one that has defeated Haye.
As for the rest of Haye’s competition, none of them are worth even mentioning because they don’t compare to a fighter like Wladimir Klitschko. Jean-Marc Mormeck, a 5’11” cruiserweight, is another one of Haye’s better opponents he’s faced in his career. However, he’d be far too small to compete against Wladimir and would probably lucky to make it three rounds.
I give Haye credit for his ability to sell a fight. I think he’s quite talented as far as speaking goes, but his resume is sorely lacking as he enters his June 20th fight with Wladimir. Haye is projected to come into this fight weighing between 215-220, which means that Haye will be approximately 25-30 pounds lighter than Klitschko and three inches shorter.
That is a lot of weight to be giving up to a fighter like Wladimir. If it was all fat, then maybe it wouldn’t be so bad for Haye. However, Klitschko has little fat on him and will be the much bigger man in the ring. Wladimir has only taken on a fighter the size of Haye a couple of times, beating Chris Byrd twice.
Even if Haye surprises everyone by bulking up to 240 for the fight, which I doubt he will, Haye will the smaller fighter by far. The extra weight will only slow Haye down and make it easier for Wladimir to land his shots and knock Haye out.
Haye is unproven at this point, and didn’t show anything in his two attempts at tacking heavyweight competition by picking easy opponents. With all the talk that Haye has made since signing for the fight, Haye is going to look silly if he gets knocked out by Wladimir. Usually, a fighter only talks like the way Haye does when they’ve showed something in the past. However, Haye has done nothing as a heavyweight, and even as a cruiserweight, Haye failed to fight a number of top cruiserweights.
At cruiserweight, Haye had great power, but at heavyweight he’s not nearly as powerful. He can hit hard, but looks much less dangerous than he did as a cruiserweight. The lack of experience is the crucial factor Haye. He needs much more experience at heavyweight before fighting someone like Wladimir Klitschko, and unfortunately for Haye, he was in a hurry to fight Wladimir.