Roach thinks Haye has the speed and power to go all the way – News
By Ronnie Jordan: This Saturday sees David Haye take on John Ruiz in Manchester England in the defense of his World Boxing Association heavyweight title. It’s his first defense since out pointing Valuev in Germany back in December. There’s a clash of styles with Haye’s power and aggression against John Ruiz’s more controlled approach. Freddie Roach trainer of Amir Khan and Manny Pacquiao believes Haye can win and make a big statement in doing so.
Roach was quoted in a recent interview with the Telegraph sport saying “Ruiz is a very awkward fighter – he doesn’t get knocked out, he doesn’t take chances. But the thing is if Haye can get out there and get Ruiz early like no one else has been able to, it could be great for his career. He can make a statement. “Haye should get out there and back to his old ways – a fighter with the power to knock guys out (Haye has knocked out 19 of 21 opponents, albeit mainly at cruiserweight) and I believe he’s a much better fighter, a much more dangerous fighter when he’s aggressive.”
Roach’s views are usually taken pretty seriously, he’s undoubtedly one of the best trainers in the world and extremely good at predicting the outcome of fights. What roach see’s in Haye is his ability to take people out with a single punch. Haye has that explosive power and speed that could trouble any top heavyweight. Haye’s chances however rely on him believing in his ability. He has to go out there and show the world he has what it takes.
Although Ruiz has a tremendous chin it’s not beyond possibility that Haye could blast him out in double quick time. If his timing is on and he counters Ruiz just right, it’s certainly feasible that he will fall. Roach continued to say:
“Personally, I’d let Haye go out there and go for it from the first round. Nothing reckless, but David knows how to fight. He’s a good fighter, and the outcome of this fight can set him up perfectly for challenges with the Klitschkos.”
“Haye has more chance against Wladimir. Wlad is the better fighter, and my close friend, but he lacks confidence. Vitali is much more mentally strong, a tougher fighter. Vitali uses his height really well, too. But Haye versus the Klitschkos are fights the world wants to see.”
Roach’s faith in Haye speaks volumes. He’s even looking beyond the Ruiz clash and ahead to the Klitschkos. His view that Haye has to attack is defiantly correct. If he can make this fight very convincing it would give him great momentum going in to the Klitschko bouts. I also have to agree Wladimir would be the best bet for Haye. His vulnerabilities are something Haye can work on.
Haye’s a fighter that knows how to stick to a game plan and with the tutelage of his trainer and friend Adam Booth he will be guided in the right direction. Booth is a student of the sport and like Roach studies his opponents in depth, looking into the scientific aspects of training in order to prepare Haye in the correct way. He has come up with brilliant game plans for fights against Fragomeni, Mormeck, and Valuev and I for one trust him to get it right for Ruiz and then hopefully Wladimir.
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