Haye: “If I hit the Klitschkos with the same shots I was hitting Ruiz, both of them would go over” – News
By Scott Gilfoid: World Boxing Association heavyweight champion David Haye (24-1, 22 KO’s) was in fine form after last night’s 9th round technical knockout over the slow, short 38-year-old John Ruiz (44-9-1, 30 KO’s, as Haye tooted his own horn, saying “If I hit the Klitschkos with the same shots I was hitting Ruiz, both of them would go over.” I suppose Haye is correct about that. If both Klitschko brothers were stupid enough to just stand there in front of Haye all night long, crouching down to the same height as the 6’2” Ruiz, throwing mainly weak punches, then I could have seen Haye knocking both of the Klitschko brothers out.
The problem is that both Klitschko are much taller, much heavier and a lot more powerful that Ruiz. And in the case of Wladimir, he’s a lot faster than Ruiz and about as fast as Haye. As such, I don’t see Haye knocking out the Klitschko brothers, at least not unless they both grow old overnight. The thing of it is Haye probably won’t be fighting them any time soon, so there is a chance that Haye can wait Vitali Klitschko out until he’s older, and then go for a fight against him in his decrepit state.
Haye probably won’t be fighting for some time, however, as he rarely fights more than two times a year for some odd reason. After last night’s fight, Haye said “I’d like to fight again this year, in October or November. I’d take on the Klitschkos now, no doubt about it. I wouldn’t have any qualms about fighting anyone. Look at my career to date. I’ll fight anybody and go anywhere.”
That sounds nice, but we haven’t really seen Haye fighting anybody and anywhere since he moved up to the heavyweight division. Come on, look who Haye as fought: Tomasz Bonin, Monte Barrett, Nikolay Valuev and John Ruiz. Does this list of fighters suggest anything to you? I know it does for me. Instead of facing young top contenders like Odlanier Solis, Alexander Povetkin, Dennis Boytsov, and dangerous veterans like Samuel Peter, we have Haye facing weaker punchers and older fighters.
Valuev is 36, Ruiz 38, and Barrett 38. That’s an average of 37 for three of Haye’s four heavyweight bouts. Haye has been taking on mostly older lions since he moved up to heavyweight, so I haven’t seen him fighting anyone, anywhere. Haye did have a chance to fight the Klitschko brothers, but backed out with a back injury and because he didn’t like the contract.
I’d like nothing better for Haye to fight the Klitschko brothers and break the pattern of facing older lions without much punch, but I don’t see it happening. To be sure, I know there will be a lot of talk, but in the end, I see Haye continuing with taking on other heavyweights besides the Klitschko brothers. I wish Haye would at least fight Solis, Povetkin, Peter and Boytsov. Will it happen? Probably not. Those guys can fight, have good power and would likely send Haye to the moon if they landed anything against him. From what I saw of Haye last night, I think he would lose badly. The stamina wasn’t there for Haye; he got hit way too much and was sent flying off the ropes by the few halfway decent right hands that Ruiz landed in the fight.