Haye’s retirement promise is working against him, as the Klitschkos are waiting him out
By Dave Lahr: WBA heavyweight champion David Haye really hurt himself with his retirement promise for October of this year. Haye plans on retiring by his 31st birthday in October instead of continuing his career. There was a change that this could have worked for him by getting the Klitschkos to feel a sense of urgency to get in the ring with Haye as soon as possible to beat his retirement date.
But it now looks as if it’s working against Haye, because the Klitschkos now appear to be waiting him out until he retires from boxing so that they can get his World Boxing Association heavyweight title the easy way by taking it off of whoever emerges as the champion after Haye.
Believe me, it’ll be much easier for the Klitschkos to realize their dream of capturing all of the heavyweight titles after Haye is out of the way. The only ones that the Klitschkos will have to worry about is heavyweights like Ruslan Chagaev, Denis Boystsov and Alexander Povetkin. None of those heavyweights are good enough to beat either of the Klitschkos, but Haye certainly is. He’s more than good enough and I think the Klitschkos know this.
Wladimir just showed how he feels about his chances against Haye by turning around and choosing a fight against Dereck Chisora in April rather than fight Haye for huge money in July. That move right there betrayed Wladiimir’s feelings. It’s sad that Wladimir has chosen to duck Haye, but it’s not surprising.
Haye has the perfect style to beat Wladimir and he would have just as good a chance to beat his big brother Vitali. Haye should have kept quiet about his retirement plans. By letting the Klitschkos know when he’s retiring, he gave them a timeframe to go on to avoid him.
Haye will be facing number 1 contender Ruslan Chagaev next. Following that, Haye could squeeze in possibly two more fights before he retires in October. Don’t bet on either of those fights coming against the Klitschkos. Wladimir already has a fight booked against Tomasz Adamek in September, and that finishes Wladimir for the year. Haye’s only chance for a fight against one of the Klitschkos is go after Vitali, but don’t hold your breath on Vitali taking that fight.
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