McCrory: Haye needs to prove himself again before fighting Vitali
By Sean McDaniel: Glenn McCrory, an analyst for Sky Sports News, thinks former heavyweight champion David Haye (25-2, 23 KO’s) needs to prove himself against one of the top heavyweights before trying to get a fight against a top heavyweight like WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko. McCrory thinks that Haye’s one-sided loss to IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko was bad enough that Haye needs to do something special to make boxing fans forget about it and want to see him fight again.
“David needs to prove himself again,” McCrory said to Sky Sports. “The last performance took away his right to walk into a big fight just like that. he should go and fight an Alexander Povetkin, a Ruslan Chagaev, or even see if he can stop Tomasz Adamek quicker than Vitali did. If he does that…he has the right to have a crack at the Klitschkos again. David needs to win the people over again.”
I think it’s a great idea for Haye to follow McCrory’s advice will he do that? Probably not because Haye seems to be fighting for money than he is to try and regain the fans he lost. I don’t think he cares too much about his legacy either, because if he did he would stick around and face two or three good fighters and then go after the Klitschkos.
But to try and immediately get a fight against Vitali after having already been rejected for a rematch with Wladimir, that strikes me as a fighter just looking to cash out with the biggest money fight he can to pad his retirement from boxing. It seems like a money grab, and he’ll likely do a good enough job in hyping the fight with Vitali to make it another huge bout.
Vitali can fight anybody in Germany and it would be a huge fight, but with Haye helping to sell the fight to UK and U.S audiences, this will be another big revenue making fight for Haye. He’s not going to turn away from the money that he can get for this fight to take risky fights against heavyweights that could potentially beat him or make him look bad like Alexander Povetkin, Denis Boystov, Robert Helenius or Ruslan Chagaev. Those guys are good enough to potentially beat Haye. He’s not going to fight them when he’s got the money money fight with Vitali staring him in the face.