Whyte: Haye beats De Mori in three rounds or less
By Scott Gilfoid: British heavyweight Dillian Whyte does not think too much of David Haye’s opponent Mark De Mori (30-1-2, 26 KOs) for Saturday night. Whyte says he will be surprised if the 33-yar-old De Mori even makes it to the third round. Whyte believes that Haye would beat De Mori even if he did not train for over a year, because he sees this as little more than a mismatch designed to make Haye look good.
Whyte figures that after Haye finishes drilling De Mori into the canvas at the O2 Arena on Saturday night, he’ll likely start crowing about his win, and calling for fights against Tyson Fury and Anthony Joshua. Whyte says he hopes Fury does not give Haye a fight, because he backed out of two previous fights against Haye due to injury problems. Further, Whyte does not like the idea of the 35-year-old Haye jumping in line in front of the other heavyweights after having been out of the ring for three and a half years.
If all Haye has to do is beat a handpicked guy like De Mori to get a fight against Fury or Joshua, then it’s making things too easy for him.
“The main reason Haye is back is money and he probably feels he still has a few things he wants to achieve. He has wasted the last three years of his career doing whatever he was doing,” Whyte said to skysports.com. “I hope Fury never fights him. Haye pulled out of fighting him twice so I hope Fury never fights him and never gives him the payday.”
There are rumors that Haye is in need of money and that are why he is making a comeback. Only Haye knows for sure why he’s coming back, it is a little odd that he waited almost four years before deciding to make a comeback.
Whyte probably does not need to worry about Fury giving Haye a chance for a big payday fight, because Fury has already made it clear that he’s not going to throw a bone to Haye to give him another opportunity after the way he pulled out of their two previously scheduled fights. However, Haye still has a great chance of getting a big payday against the unbeaten Anthony Joshua in 2016, because Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn is keen on making that fight and so is Joshua.
I think Haye will lose that fight, and likely by a knockout unless he runs around the ring for 12 rounds like he did in his fights against Wladimir Klitschko and Nikolay Valuev. I suspect Haye will retire after losing to Joshua if he gets enough money from the fight.
If not, then I imagine we’ll see Haye back at it fighting guys similar in class as De Mori in order to reload for another big payday against one of the top names. At some point, I see there being diminishing returns with the British boxing public losing interest in paying to see Haye fight. At that point, I see Haye winding up like Dereck Chisora, fighting on undercards and looking to get fights against the younger lions. Heck, we are already seeing that now with Haye wanting a shot against the 26-year-old Joshua.
“This fight is a showcase for Haye. If it goes three rounds, I’ll be surprised,” Whyte said. “Haye will bash him up and then try and talk up the Anthony Joshua fight because he knows there’s money in it. He’ll try and talk up the fight with Tyson Fury too.”
I totally agree with Mr. Whyte. I believe it’s going to be just as he says it will be. Haye will whip the little known De Mori in three rounds or less on Saturday, and then start jabbering about wanting Fury and/or Joshua next. When the microphones are stuck in front of his gob, Haye is likely to immediately call out Joshua and Fury so that he can get a big payday. I don’t see Haye being someone that is interested in slowly bringing himself back to the top level by fighting increasingly better fighters with each fight. I see Haye beating De Mori, and then looking for a big cash out fight to retire off of, or at least disappear for another three to four years.
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