Steward: Haye is going to come out fast punching hard early against Wladimir
By William Mackay: Trainer Emanuel Steward sees WBA heavyweight champion David Haye coming out of the blocks hard against his fighter IBf/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko next month, because this is the only real chance that Haye has of winning the fight says Steward. He doesn’t see Haye trying to box Wladimir from the outside, as he doesn’t think Haye has the boxing skills to compete with Wladimir in a strict boxing match.
On Sky Sports Ringside, Steward said “David Haye is going to come out very fast and punching very hard early. He knows he has no chance to stand at a distance and try to out-box Wladimir. So I think it’s going to be an explosive early fight…This is the biggest fight of his [Wladimir] career.”
Not only is Steward expecting Haye to go at Wladimir hard at the beginning of the fight, Carl Froch sees Haye having to attack Wladimir early as well, saying “I think he [Haye] has to hit him early, but listening to Emanuel Steward, they’re obviously prepared for a fast start, explosive start. If that’s the case, Emanuel Steward may have a trick up his sleeve to keep Klitschko out of the way to box.”
Even without Steward coming up with any additional “tricks” or strategies, Wladimir likely knows how to handle a fighter that rushes him by now. After all, Wladimir has been fighting for many years and it won’t be like it’s the first time that he’s had a fighter go right at him trying to take him out. The difference here is that Haye’s chin is a lot more brittle than the pressure fighters that beat him in the past. Lamon Brewster and Ross Puritty took a lot of punishment en route to stopping Wladimir. Corrie Sanders, a big 6’4″ South African southpaw with quick hands, was the exception. He was able to take Wladimir out early by drilling him with some hard shots when he got in close. Wladimir didn’t look ready for Sander’s artillery when he got near Wladimir, and this seemed to really give Sanders a big advantage in hurting the big 6’6″ Ukrainian.
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