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Haye’s performance was dull but necessary

By Alex Miles: On Saturday night David Haye performed a service to the heavyweight division by stripping a large unskilled fighter of his title in a tight and uninteresting bout.

Many people are criticizing Haye for his hit and run tactics, exclaiming that this fight proves that he’s a worthless commodity; that for all his bragging and negative assessment of the heavyweight division, he is no better than those who are currently ruling it.

I don’t see it this way, as any fight involving Valuev or one of the Klitschkos is going to be dull. An unskilled yet powerful bunch, they jab clinch and club their way to victory time and again against overweight lazy fighters who are too unmotivated to train properly. What we need is this, a fighter who has the head movement and lateral footwork to outbox these cancers of the division so that we can create some interesting competition between the smaller men.

Imagine what would happen if David Tua’s comeback goes well and he once again is a force in the heavyweight division. Against one of the boring giants from the east, it would be an unskilled bout filled with clinching until Tua was worn out and probably knocked out late. Against Haye we have the opportunity for an interesting fight, with two fast starting power punchers going head to head with an opportunity for a knockout of either.

What we need is a beatable, small heavyweight who has the skill to outbox the useless dull lot, and slug it out with the smaller more explosive fighters.

Haye might have been boring for some to watch last night, but he got the business done, and now we can hope to see Haye in an interesting contest in the future.


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