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2011 Look ahead for Britain’s finest – part 2: Haye vs. Klitschko, DeGale vs. Groves

David Haye George Groves James DeGale Wladimir KlitschkoBy Shaun Campbell:

David Haye vs. Wladimir Klitschko/Vitali Klitchko:

Arguably the biggest name in British boxing at the moment. David Haye, the World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champion of the world has said this will be his last year in the sport, as he plans to retire at the age of 31. So by October 13th he plans to have fought, and defeated the Klitschko brothers. Making this fight is seeming to prove almost impossible. Klitschko’s promoters are said to be wanting “too many clauses” and Haye is said to be wanting “too much money”. Either way this fight is one that must happen. The Klitchko’s need Haye, and Haye needs the Klitschko’s. Haye doesn’t have any truly stand out names on his heavyweight record, and the Klitschko’s have fought men that will be forgotten in boxing terms in a matter of years. There is talk of this fight happening in the 90,000 seated Wembley Stadium, what the Klitschko’s have to say about this is another matter. Haye’s preference is Wladimir, but is also looking to fight Vitali. The ‘Hayemaker’ has the power to knock either of them out, but his chin has also been questioned in the past. It’s a fight that obviously either man could win. Whether you love or hate David Haye, he is the only man out there with the chance of beating the two brothers.

Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather:

Well, we couldn’t have a look ahead to 2011 and not include this fight. It simply is a match up that must happen. Without it questions will always been asked when both fighters retire. “Could Pacquiao have beaten Mayweather?”. “Was Mayweather good enough to beat Pacquiao?”. Hopefully the fight can be made as not only would it be a decent fight, but it could revive the damaged reputation of boxing. It would capture the public’s imagination and it genuinely is a 50/50 fight which either man could win. But whether is can be made or not is another matter. Let’s hope so.

It’s also going to be a big year for Kell Brook (welterweight), Ryan Rhodes (light-middleweight), Ricky Burns (super-featherweight), Carl Froch (super-middleweight), Tyson Fury (heavyweight), James DeGale and George Groves (along with many others). Kell Brook, the rising star from Sheffield is on the brink of a world title shot if Manny Pacquiao vacates the World Boxing Organization (WBO) belt. Brook is first in line to fight for the belt if the situations arises. Former European champion and world title challenger Ryan Rhodes has never looked better and is now under Hatton Promotions banner who are looking to get him a shot at a light-middleweight world title sometime in the year. Ricky Burns and Carl Froch will be defending their world titles and looking to establish their-selves as the number 1 man in their divisions. Also 2010 could be a big year for prospects Tyson Fury, James DeGale and George Groves (DeGale and Groves scheduled to meet for the British super-middleweight belt) sometime next year.

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