Does Haye have a chance against Vitali?
By John F. McKenna (McJack): Former World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champion David Haye (25-3, 23 KO’s), who until recently had planned to retire upon his 31st birthday in October, recently said that he would delay his retirement for six months to allow him to fight World Boxing Council (WBC) champion Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 40 KO’S).
“The Hayemaker” now says he only wants to fight the Klitschko’s. Since Wladimir has indicated that he does not want to give Haye a rematch that leaves his big brother “Dr. Ironfist”.
Immediately after Haye’s humiliating loss to Wladimir, Vitali said that he wanted to fight Haye so that he could “send him to the floor”. Vitali is still angry over the many disparaging remarks that Haye made about Vladimir and him in the lead up their title fight in July. The elder Klitschko feels that Haye insulted his family and wants to do his part in settling the score with David.
Although Klitschko stated on several occasions that he wants to fight Haye, David now has his doubts as to whether Vitali is serious. Haye says he has not heard from Vitali lately. Klitscho for his part may not be in a big hurry to get back to Haye realizing that “The Hayemaker” has no other options where he can make a big money fight happen.
Let’s take a look at what David Haye’s chances would be against Vitali Klitschko if and when they do meet in the ring. It is generally acknowledged that Vladimir is the superior boxer of the brothers. He also appears to have better one punch KO power than Vitali. “Dr. Ironfist” however, has a much sturdier chin than Wladimir, and overall is more rugged than “Dr. Steelhammer” who has been KO’d three times.
Vitali is by far the more aggressive and exciting fighter of the two, and has an edge in knowing how to cut off the ring. Vitali is also more mentally tough than his younger brother. Wladimir himself acknowledges that Vitali is a born fighter while he had to work at it.
Wladimir sometimes has to be exhorted and pushed during a fight to perform at his best, while Vitali is a self starter and has a natural inborn killer instinct that many all time great fighters have.
This writer for one was somewhat surprised that Wladimir did not apply more pressure and go for the KO against Haye. It is doubtful that anyone will have to light a fire under Vitali if the fight against Haye ever comes about.
Vitali Klitschko is a very cerebral fighter who adapts and modifies his game plan to whoever his opponent is. Although some fans and boxing analysts think Haye will fare better against Vitali then he did against Vladimir, this writer gives “The Hayemaker” very little chance of pulling off an upset.