Vitali wants to fight David Haye first
By Gari Jones: After dismantling Audley Harrison in what was a joke of a fight, David Haye (W25 (KO 23) L1 (1 by KO) D0) has promised to take on better opposition by making a fight with one of the Klitshcko’s some time early next year. Wanting to unify the Heavyweight division before he retires Vitali Klitshcko (W41 (KO38) L2 (L2 by TKO) D0) has publicly expressed his desire to be the first of the two brothers wanting to fight David Haye.
With Wladimir Klitschko (W55 (KO49) L3 (3 by KO) D0) has already contracted himself to fight Derek Chisora in December so it makes perfect sense for David to face off against Vitali first. A unification fight for the WBA and WBC heavyweight titles is the ideal way for Haye to try and unify the heavyweight division. By beating Vitali, David would then be holding two versions of the Heavyweight title next to Wladimir’s IBF, IBO and WBO version’s, If this scenario were to play itself out then David Could be in an ideal position to get Wladimir to fight outside of Germany and bring him to the UK. David always boasting that he gets a bigger crowd and payday in the UK than Wladimir gets in Germany, could tempt Wladimir’s hand to unify all the titles and avenge his brothers loss.
As for Vitali It’s not impossible for David to beat him, as in recent years Vitali has lost some of his speed and it seems that age is playing a factor in his recent bouts. Having failed to put away the likes of Kevin Johnson and Shannon Briggs despite the fact Vitali had the won every single round in those bouts (all the judges had scoring 120-108 or less for Vitali) it makes you question would Vitali be able to handle the speed, movement and explosiveness of David Haye.
Vitali in his wins over Arreola and Albert Sosnowski despite once again dominating them the quality in which his opponents were fighting back left something to be questioned (is Vitali just looking for easy paydays rather than worthy opponents?) Arreola was severely overweight and Sosnowski 3rd tier heavyweight at best. Now that’s not to say Vitali is avoiding the big guns of Boystov, Povetkin, Solis or Adamek its just a little dubious to see someone of Vitali’s class to be fighting people who before he’s laced up his glove is an odds on favourite.
Despite this David Haye would be in for a torrid time if and when he were to fight Vitali Klitschko, Vitali has a granite chin and is by far the toughest Heavyweight still boxing today, his robotic, unorthodox style might not be the most exciting in the world to see but it’s a very effective style. I can’t see David been able to or being given the chance unleash a flurry of bombs on Vitali without taking a hard jab or cross in return, anyone who knows boxing understands the power that the Klitschko’s possess in their arms and taking a right jab from them is like taking a right hook from most other heavyweights.
Vitali might be slowing down is later years (he will be turning 40yrs old in July) but I get impression if a fight were to happen with David Haye come fight night you would see the fittest most up for it Viatli Klitschko’ since the day he outfought Lennox Lewis. You can see how annoyed Vitali gets when he talks about the Hayemaker, given the disrespect David showed to the brothers when he wore a t-shirt showing the Klitschko’s with there heads torn off, fans of Vitali would expect this fight to be more on a personal note for Vitali. I’m a fan of David Haye but I also like the Klitschko brothers and even I found that t-shirt stunt a little out of taste.
Vitali Klitschko will surely test David Haye but I would expect him to beat the older brother (most likely by the judges scorecards) that’s not disrespecting Vitali’s credentials he more experienced than Haye and has all the physical tools on his side (Reach, Height and Power) but given the speed at which Haye can move and throw combination its hard to think Vitali could cope with twelve rounds of it, David would surely be prepared to go twelve rounds with him and will be very aware of Vitali’s KO Record.
However should the HAYEMAKER be able to defeat DR IRON FIST, I am quite convinced that David would find it too much of a task to beat DR STEELHAMMER Wladimir Klitschko. Since employing the likes of Emmanuel Steward, Wladimir has gone on from strength to strength. This evident during his dismantling of Samuel Peter back in September 2010, in there last bout September 2005 Wladimir was knocked down three times by the big Nigerian but despite that Wladimir did win, in there latest contest Wladimir totally dominated from start to finish Samuel Peter could not touch the Ukrainian finally succumbing to a barrage of huge one-twos and dropping in the tenth.
Whatever happens this is the time David will surely need to muster all his skills to unify the division and as he says cement his legacy.