Haye will fight Wladimir the same way he fought Valuev
By Scott Gilfoid: It’s really interesting to see WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (25-1, 23 KO’s) talk so boldly about what he’s going to do once he steps in the ring with IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KO’s) on July 2nd in Germany. Haye is promising knockout and an impressive performance, yet history hasn’t shown that Haye is capable of a good performance at heavyweight.
We just saw Haye literally frozen for two solid rounds against a fighter that wasn’t throwing any punches at all in Audley Harrison in his last fight in November. Both fighters looked petrified with fear. If that was the only time that Haye failed to let his hands go, maybe I could excuse that dreadful performance. But when you put Haye in with tall fighters rather than ones that are the same height as him, like 6’2” John Ruiz or Monte Barrett, Haye fights completely different.
Against the shorter guys that don’t have much power, Haye is somewhat aggressive. In his fights against taller heavyweights, Haye is like a kitten. Come on; look at how Haye ran around the ring all night long against 7-foot Nikolay Valuev. I know Haye supposedly had injured his right hand early in the fight, but I’m not having any of that excuse.
Haye was running around the ring in the first two rounds, so whenever this so-called hand injury occurred, there was no change in his game. He continued to just run around the ring and throw 10 punches per round against a weak punching Valuev. Now it doesn’t take a genius to see that fight and figure that Haye will do even less against Wladimir. If Haye is running from a weak puncher who has no power to hurt Haye like Valuev, then can you imagine what kind of running Haye will be doing against Wladimir?
The thing is, Haye can’t win against Wladimir throwing 10 punches per round. Haye might be able to beat a fighter like Valuev by a controversial decision while getting out-landed, but not against Wladimir. Haye’s face will change rapidly with all the shots he’s eating, making it impossible for the judges to score rounds to him.
Haye is going to look busted and swollen up early and it’s only going to get worse as the fight progresses. He’s not going to fight and is going to be little more than a 6’2” 215 pound punching bag for Wladimir. This is going to be one of those fights where you feel sorry for the guy getting beaten up. In this case, it’s going to be Haye.
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