Harrison says Haye “knows this is a 50-50 fight”
By Sean McDaniel: The last thing that World Boxing Association heavyweight champion David Haye (24-1, 22 KO’s) will admit is that his November 13th fight against Audley Harrison (27-4, 20 KO’s) will be a competitive one. Haye has his mind made up that Harrison doesn’t deserve to share the same ring with him, and seems to take it as an insult that Harrison, including many boxing fans, see this as fight that Harrison has a decent chance to win if he connects with one of his big left hands.
Haye wants to be seen as an intimidating destroyer-type of heavyweight, but his opposition has been less than stellar since moving up to heavyweight in 2008, and Haye looked like a timid rabbit in his biggest fight at heavyweight against WBA heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev in 2009.
In looking at Haye’s performances against Monte Barrett, who dropped him, Valuev and John Ruiz, it’s not hard to see a scenario where Harrison can win the fight if he comes out aggressively throwing bombs from the first round on. Haye looks fights scared since moving up to the heavyweight division, and he’s going to be giving up a ton of size against the 6’5” 250 pound Harrison on November 13th.
Haye looked to be a chunky 217 in his last fight against Ruiz. Haye apparently plans on coming into this fight lighter than 217, and whatever weight he gets down to, it could hurt him because he’ll be giving away so much size to Audley.
In an article at the Dailymail.co.uk, Harrison says “Deep down, no matter that people say this is a mismatch, David knows this is a 50/50 fight, no, the fight of his life. Winning the world title has always been my destiny.”
Haye needs to recognize that Harrison does have a good chance of beating him. Haye doesn’t have the height, the chin or the overall size to just go out and dominate most of the heavyweights. He’s got to be on guard at all times, because if he gets his chin tapped by Harrison or any of the top heavyweights, Haye could be on the canvas counting stars revolving around his head.