Klitschko thinks Haye has slowed down, and believes he might struggle against Harrison
By Jason Kim: IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KO’s) dispatched yet another heavyweight contender in beating Samuel Peter (34-4, 27 KO’s) by a 10th round knockout on Saturday night in Frankfurt, Germany. After the fight, Wladimir had some choice words to say about World Boxing Association heavyweight champion David Haye (24-1, 22 KO’s), who Wladimir has been eager to fight for the past year but hasn’t had any luck in getting Haye in the ring to face him.
Wladimir had this to say about Haye after the fight: “Since he moved up to the heavyweight division, he has slowed down and he is not as fast as he was.”
Haye does appear to have slowed down noticeably compared to when he was fighting at cruiserweight. However, a big reason for that is because Haye is no longer fighting at 200 pounds like before. Now, Haye is fighting in the low 220s, and he looks to be maxed out at that weight. Unlike some heavyweights who have a large frame that they can pack on a lot of size with, Haye’s upper body doesn’t have as much room to grow without the added weight slowing him down and possibly making it a danger for him.
Haye will be facing Audley Harrison, the 2000 Olympic Gold Medalist, on November 13th at the M.E.N. Arena, Manchester, Lancashire. Strangely enough, this may be Haye’s most dangerous opponent since moving up to the heavyweight division in 2008. Of his previous opponents at heavyweight, Monte Barrett, Nikolay Valuev and John Ruiz, none of them can punch like Harrison.
Wladimir says “I believe David Haye talked himself into the top tem of the heavyweight division, but he hasn’t accomplished a lot. He should win the fight [against Harrison], but there are a lot of doubts with David Haye.” There are doubts about Haye, mostly stemming from his fight with Barrett, in which Haye appeared to be knocked down and hurt by Barrett in the 5th round. Haye was hurt by a left hand from Barrett and needed to stay down for a long time after to recover from the shot. Luckily for Haye, the referee ruled it a slip and not a knockdown.
“I am getting a little tired of the name David Haye, we have been talking about him a lot. David Haye offended both the Klitschko brothers not in a funny way.” Haye has come close to fighting Wladimir in the past last year, but came up with a back injury just weeks to go before the fight. A replacement opponent had to be found to replace Haye.
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