Haye: Vitali is a sitting duck for me now; he’s not the same fighter
By William Mackay: Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye saw a lot of vulnerability if WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko last Saturday in his 12 round decision win over Dereck Chisora, and Haye feels Vitali is prime to be picked off by him by a knockout win. Haye says Vitali’s manager Bernd Boente doesn’t want him to fight Haye and is keeping the fight from taking place.
Haye had this to say about facing Vitali during Saturday’s Vitali vs. Chisora fight in Munich during the BoxNation telecast of the fight: “He [Bernd Boente] doesn’t want me anywhere near Vitali. He know how fast me feet are. He know how fast I am. I am ready to fight him and he will get knocked out. I was licking my lips while I was watching the fight [Vitali-Chisora]. He’s not the same fighter that fought Lennox Lewis. I could see his [Vitali] right hand a mile away. His legs were very unorganized; his coordination wasn’t there like it used to be, and he’s a sitting duck. He said it himself, ‘If Chisora was a little bit faster he would have been in trouble.’ Guess what? I’m faster than Dereck Chisora. Dereck isn’t an explosive puncher. I’m an explosive puncher. I’m fast. The one thing he [Chisora] lacks is experience. I’ve got bags of experience. I’m a former cruiserweight world champion and a heavyweight world champion. All the arrows point to a summer fight between me and Vitali Klitschko. I’m just hoping his management grows some balls to make the fight happen. I believe Vitali wants the fight to happen, but the people around him aren’t going to allow him to take the fight because he looked slow in there tonight and I’m feeling fast already. I can see myself knocking him out. I’m not beating him on points. I’m going to knock him out. I’m going to be there to land that big right hand on the button.”
Haye’s only chance of beating Vitali is by knocking him out. Haye doesn’t have much in the way of boxing skills, about the same as Chisora. He won’t be able to win rounds against Vitali because he won’t throw enough shots and will be looking for that one big bomb to try and knock him out. However, he won’t have the same size as that the 241 pound Chisora brought into the ring against Vitali, so his chances will be less for him to take the fight to Vitali and pressure him the way Chisora did.