Will Haye put in a strong effort against Vitali or just collect a paycheck?
By William Mackay: It’s expected that David Haye (25-2, 23 KO’s) will be coming out of his short lived retirement this summer to take on WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 40 KO’s) in a big money fight that could possibly take place in the UK at the Wembley stadium.
Haye, 31, was humiliated in his last fight against IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in a one-sided 12 round decision loss last July. This was after months and months of trash talking from Haye about how he was going to knock Wladimir out and send him to the hospital.
Haye did a great job of ruining his name with that fight by not fighting hard to the point where he was willing to go out his shield. Haye fought like someone that was thinking self-preservation the entire fight, and given how much money he was making on the fight, it’s hard to see his thought process as to why he didn’t go all out to try and win.
Haye will get a second chance at the Klitschko family this summer if he can agree to a contract with the taller 6’7” Vitali, and people are wondering whether Haye will just look for a money grab and put in another non-effort. It will be kind of sad if that’s Haye fights because this is after all what people will remember him for and not the wins he accomplished earlier in his career against less than talented cruiserweights and the victories he piled up against mostly older heavyweights like 38-year-old Monte Barrertt, 39-year-old Audley Harrison, 36-year-old Nikolay Valuev and 38-year-old John Ruiz.
Haye will probably do an admirable job in selling the Vitali-Haye fight but there obviously will be diminishing returns because fewer people will be buying Haye’s song and dance this time around after having been burned twice in the past for the Haye-Wladimir and Haye-Harrison fights.
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