Haye compares De Mori to Deontay Wilder
By Scott Gilfoid: We could be seeing a big mismatch tonight with former two division world champion David Haye (26-2, 24 KOs) getting off the couch finally to climb back into the ring to face a hand-picked opponent named Mark De Mori (30-1-2, 26 KOs). Haye admits that De Mori has not had the experience of fighting guys at his level.
However, Haye for some reason compares De Mori to WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder in mentioning how Deontay defeated Bermane Stiverne last year. Before that fight, Deontay didn’t have big time experience in the pro ranks against the big names, but he did have an Olympic bronze medal going for him. Deontay had also sparred with many good fighters like Wladimir Klitschko and Malik Scott, so it wasn’t like he was totally green fighter like Haye makes him out to be.
“Granted, he hasn’t fought anyone on my level but that can be misleading,” Haye said to ringtv.com. “Remember, Deontay Wilder hadn’t fought anyone until he won the WBC title from Bermane Stiverne…so this is his big shot against a former champion.”
What the heck is Haye talking about? De Mori isn’t in the same galaxy talent-wise as Deontay in my view. What a terrible comparison. Deontay has incredible skills, amazing punching power, and lightning hand speed. De Mori is just a slow guy with what appears to be a slight pot belly.
Haye is going in the wrong direction in comparing De Mori to Wilder. That is such a crazy comparison. It’s just pathetic. Haye can make that comparison until he’s blue in the face, but that’s not going to cause boxing fans to want to travel to the O2 Arena in London, UK, just because Haye is yapping about De Mori being in the same boat that Wilder supposedly was in last year. These two fighters couldn’t be further apart.
Deontay was an Olympic talent with incredible punching power, hand speed, size, reach, and overall athleticism when he fought for the world title in 2015 against Stiverne. In De Mori’s case, he’s more like a weight lifter with a decent amount of punching power, but not much hand speed, size or talent. As far as I can tell, De Mori is just a guy with a padding resume of fodder opponents. He was knocked out in 1 round by John Wyborn in 2004, and he never avenged the loss.
De Mori has never beaten anyone truly good, so you’ve got to see him as just a little known fighter that Haye specifically picked out himself in order to pad his resume with a sure thing win. De Mori is a showcase fight for Haye, and any fans that are under the illusion that this is meant to be a competitive fight are going to be sadly disappointed tonight when it turns out to be a sick mismatch.
“I want to be back on the heavyweight map and give fans big fights,” Haye said.”I don’t see me getting any belts this year but I want to get myself into position to challenge for one. I see a tough fight with De Mori but I will come through and win by knockout.”
— David Haye (@mrdavidhaye) January 16, 2016
If this turns out to be a tough fight for Haye tonight, then that tells you how far he’s slipped in his game from the three and a half years he’s been out of the ring.