Haye: I’m not going to let Wladimir think
By William Mackay: WBA heavyweight champion David Haye says he’s going to do what IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko least expects him to do when they fight on July 2nd. Haye says he wants to make Wladimir “Uncomfortable” the whole time. In an interview at Sky Sports, Haye describes Wladimir as a control freak who has to have everything his own way. Haye says that Wladimir wants the fight to take place a special way, wants to keep Haye at the end of the jab and wants to be able to clinch, but Haye says he won’t do that.
“I’ve got to do anything that makes him uncomfortable,” Haye said in a Sky interview. “I’m going to expose him. I’m going to be the unified heavyweight champion of the world. The heavyweight division is boring because of his tactics. I’m not going to give him time to think. He likes rests, he likes the referee to break the action. He likes to hold I can’t allow him to do that, and I can’t allow him to think. I’m fast enough and I punch harder than anyone he’s ever fought before. If he thinks he’s been knocked down and hurt in the past, he’s got another thing coming with me. I can’t fight at a distance. I’ve got to get inside his range and get him out of his comfort zone. I’ ready to prove I’m the best in the world. I’m the best on the planet. Size factor isn’t an issue for this fight. I visualize getting to the body and the head, getting past the jab is the key. He doesn’t realize how fast I am.”
So in other words, it sounds like Haye is going to rush Wladimir from the earliest moments of the fight and try to take him out with a flurry of shots, kind of like what Haye did with 38-year-old John Ruiz. The problem Haye had with Ruiz is that Haye couldn’t stop him in the opening round and ended up punching himself out and staying gassed for a number of rounds after that until Haye was able to force a stoppage in the 9th. If Wladimir is allowed to survive that long against Haye it won’t be pretty for Haye because his face will be badly swollen and it’s doubtful he can take Wladimir’s hard shots without being knocked out. Haye really has to go for broke in the first two rounds and try to flurry his way to a knockout win because he has no chance of winning once it goes past the first four rounds. Haye loses his power and become an average heavyweight past the 4th.