Haye’s chances of getting Vitali improve
By John F. McKenna (McJack): Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s) moved one step closer to realizing his dream of landing a fight with WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (44-2, 40 KO’s) after holding what were described as positive talks with WBC president Jose Sulaiman in London. Sulaiman described his talks with Haye as Amicable and welcomed David back to the WBC fold.
It was thought by some boxing observers that Haye’s chances of being sanctioned by the WBC were remote after he engaged in a brawl last February with the unpredictable Derek Chisora (15-4, 9 KO’s) in Munich. The brawl occurred at the press conference following Chisora’s unanimous decision loss to Vitali Klitschko. A video of the brawl went viral on You Tube. In reality there was much more interest shown by boxing fans in the brawl then in the actual fight itself between Klitschko and Chisora.
Haye used his considerable promotional skills for the build up of a showdown match with Chisora in July in London’s Upton Park. Haye went so far as to accept a fight with “Del-Boy” rather than take a fight with Vitali. Klitschko signed to fight the undefeated but unknown Manuel Charr (21-0, 11 KO’s) on September 8 in Moscow after the Haye fight fell through.
Haye returned to the form which made him so popular with his British fans by stopping Derek in the 5th round. It was an impressive showing for Haye, who demonstrated that he still has explosive power in both hands. Particularly satisfying for David was the fact that he accomplished something “Dr. Ironfist” was unable to do by stopping Chisora. In all fairness to Vitali it must be pointed out he suffered a shoulder injury in the 3rd round of his fight with “Del-Boy” which made it nearly impossible for him to use his left hand.
Klitschko manager Bernd Boente conceded that Haye’s performance against Chisora was impressive and now believes that a match between Haye and the elder Klitschko is possible for next March after at first being dismissive of the idea. It is clear that Haye, love him or hate him, brings a great deal of excitement to boxing. His match with Chisora demonstrated that the “Hayemaker” is one of the biggest draws in boxing.
Many boxing pundits have believed all along that Haye would have a better chance against the older, slower Vitali than he did against Wladimir. While there are those who feel that “Dr. Ironfist”, because of his aggressive style of fighting and iron chin would dismantle Haye inside of ten rounds.
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