Barrett doesn’t think Haye could beat Wladimir Klitschko – News
By William Mackay: Journeyman Monte Barrett (34-9-1, 20 KO’s) thinks that IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (54-3, 48 KO’s) is just too good for World Boxing Association heavyweight champion David Haye (24-1, 22 KO’s) to beat. Although Barrett thinks that Haye is good for the sport because of his exciting style of fighting and his ability to talk well outside of the boxing ring, but Barrett thinks Wladimir is just the superior fighter. This isn’t an earth shattering revelation because few people outside of Haye’s home country of England believe that he is as good as Wladimir or his older brother WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko.
In an article at East Side Boxing’s On the Ropes Boxing Radio, Barrett said “I think the best heavyweight we have right now is David Haye and the reason being is that I just think he has the total package inside and outside the ring. The guy’s a smart strategic fighter inside the ring, and he’s a great personality for boxing outside of the ring. With Klitschko, Klitschko is always safe. He’s one of the strongest guys out there and he’s very smart, but he’s safe.” Barrett seems to be a little confused by what he means when he says that Haye is the “best heavyweight.”
In the same interview, Barrett says this: “I would like to see David Haye win [Barrett is referring to a hypothetical fight between Wladimir and Haye], but I doubt that he would get past Wladimir. The reason I say that is I just think that Wladimir is just strong, and very smart. I mean this guy is a scientific fighter. He’s a mad scientist…Wladimir is just too strong, and too smart and he has a powerful jab just like his right hand. I don’t know but I think that David Haye, I don’t know about Vitali neither, but I just think that any other guy out there who is a contender or top ten guys, he [Haye] will beat those guys.” In other words, Barrett doesn’t believe that Haye is the best heavyweight like he says; He means that he thinks that Haye is the most entertaining of the heavyweights.
Few people will disagree with that. Barrett doesn’t believe that Haye can beat the Klitschko brothers, but he does believe that he can beat all the top contenders. However, that remains to be seen. Haye has only fought Tomasz Bonin, Barrett, Nikolay Valuev and John Ruiz at heavyweight. Those names aren’t exactly the most dangerous fighters in the heavyweight division. Haye likely won’t beat all those top contenders in the top 10, because he won’t be sticking around long enough to accomplish this. Haye plans on retiring when he turns 31, which is next year.