Haye says he’s going to psych Vitali out before the fight
By William Mackay: WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (25-1, 23 KO’s) doesn’t see himself having any problems beating IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KO’s) in their fight this summer. Haye believes Wladimir will crumble and fall apart once he gets hit on the chin hard by Haye. The fight that Haye is really looking forward to is the one against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko. Haye can’t to show Vitali that he’s not afraid of him and get him mentally out of his game before they fight. Haye won’t get a shot against Vitali unless Wladimir pulls out of their fight or if Haye can beat Wladimir. There’s a lot of “if’s” in front of Haye before he can get to Vitali.
Speaking with eastsideboxing.com, Haye said “I would love to see Vitali try his really serous, intense stare with me in the dressing room before the fight. I will totally use reverse pschology on him, and psych him out. I am looking forward to that moment, to watch his reaction when he sees how completely cool and confident I am. I am going to psych Vitali out badly when that happens…I am going to enjoy that moment.”
Haye believes that he can get Wladimir out of his game by tagging him hard and then jumping on him after he starts stressing out. Haye isn’t impressed with the types of opponents that Wladimir has faced during his time as a champion, and sees him as a big bully, who does well against lesser heavyweights but who falls apart when he faces someone that can fight back.
Haye is one to talk, though. His opponents haven’t been exactly impressive since he moves up to the heavyweight division. He’s beaten Monte Barrett, Nikolay Valuev, John Ruiz, and Audley Harrison. Those aren’t exactly dangerous heavyweights. However, Haye believes that the Klitschkos avoided facing Valuev because they were afraid of him. It’s hard to imagine that Haye actually believes this because the general consensus is that the Klitschkos didn’t want to fight Valuev earlier because they didn’t see him as a competitive fight because of his slow hand speed and movements around the ring. Vitali did attempt to put a fight together with Valuev but the two were unable to come to a financial agreement.