How about Haye v Green?
By Andrew Meggers-Lloyd: As a devout Boxing fan, and more to the point, a devout Heavyweight Boxing fan, I have recently been left disappointed in the quality of fights that have left no real mark on the memory. Wladimir Klitschko v Eddie Chambers, Vitali Klitschko v Albert Sosnowski, David Haye v Nikolai Valuev, and the list goes on. There’s no doubting the ability of David Haye, but what I would really like to see is someone challenge him in the way he challenged the Heavyweights when he first moved up from Cruiserweight.
There’s been talk of Tomasz Adamek fighting Haye, a fight I think would be remembered as one of the great ones, providing Adamek gets past the larger than life challenge of 38yr old Michael Grant, a former foe of our own Lennox Lewis. Audley Harrison’s name has also been thrown into the hat as a potential match for Haye, although I personally cannot understand why a young and fresh 29 year old, looking to cement his legacy as one of the great Heavyweights, would want to fight a guy who has been beaten four times by average opponents, and who won the vacated European title with a lucky punch in the last seconds of the 12th round against a tired Michael Sprott.
Some have also mentioned possible match ups between Denis Boytsov, Odlanier Solis, and Ruslan Chagaev, all of whom are young and tough men, and sure to be future champions in the case of Boytsov and Solis, but would they provide pay-per-view numbers at this point in their careers? and make people want to flood to the O2 Arena, or the MEN Arena to secure their seat? Of this I’m not so sure.
One man who I believe would make a great opponent for David Haye is Australia’s very own “Green Machine” Danny Green. Standing 6ft 1/185cm in height, strong, athletic, a devastating array of combinations and a KO ratio that could compare with any great puncher in the last 50 years, this warrior would be a perfect test for Britain’s WBA Champion. There’s no doubting that many people would watch the fight, just based on the fact that it would be an England v Australia battle if nothing else.
Green also brings the crowds wherever he fights, and nobody could question the fanbase that David Haye has built up on this side of the World, since his days of smashing every Cruiserweight back to where they came from, and giving such seasoned warriors as Nikolai Valuev and John Ruiz lessons in how to Box.
Danny Green, at this point in his own career, deserves a fight that will cement his own legacy as one of the great Oceanic boxers of all time. His recent fights at Cruiserweight against Paul Briggs, Roy Jones Jr, Manny Siaca, Julio Cesar Dominguez and Anthony Van Niekerk have show that as his weight increases, he can utilise his size and power more effectively.
For me, he is certainly no light-heavyweight or super-middleweight, although he wasn’t exactly poor in those classes either. For me, Green is a born puncher, and with dispute over whether David Haye can take a clean shot to the jaw, this would certainly be the man to test him before he even considers stepping up to face the Klitschko brothers or even Adamek.
Since the Briggs fiasco, Green has even called out UFC champion Brock Lesnar, asking him to have a caged, bare-knuckled, one-on-one fist fight so this certainly wouldn’t be a man who backed away from a challenge, and I’m sure this kind of fight would be one to awaken even the most dormant Boxing fan.
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