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Heavyweight showdown draws ever closer
Posted Jun 28, 2011 by Chris White
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David Haye is at least still talking a good fight as his “career defining” fight with Wladimir Klitschko grows ever closer. The WBA World Heavyweight champion takes on the Ukrainian who holds the IBF and WBO titles in what could be his last fight.
Haye plans to retire before his 31st birthday in October, and does not want to go out on a losing note, but whether he is actually able to beat Klitschko or not is the big issue. He seems in the right place going into the fight, having landed in Germany on Sunday, bringing with him his own food and drinks from Britain, avoiding any chances of anything going wrong in terms of his preparation. But we all know, you can have the best preparation for a fight, and still end up on the wrong side of the result.
Personally, I can’t see Haye winning this one. He surprised the world when he beat Nikolai Valuev to become the world champion, but maybe that has taken Haye beyond his comfort zone, having to take on Klitschko rather than has been fighters that he has beaten in the past. His record of 25 wins and 1 defeat in his career is impressive, but he has never fought someone of the standard of Klitschko. Valuev was as close as he has come and he is nothing like Klitschko.
In his press conferences, Haye has been talking as though he has regularly beaten opponents of the stature of Klitschko, and the fact is, he hasn’t. There is being confident going into a fight, and then there is being realistic and preparing to go about the fight the right way. It was his tactics that saw him defeat Valuev, and it may be a similar case if he is to beat Klitschko. That isn’t how Haye has been talking though, instead focussing on how he’s “going to land one on his chin at some stage.”
That is a great attitude to have if he can actually do it, because Klitschko has floored enough opponents early in his fights over the years, so Haye might have to land one on him early, if nothing else, to let his opponent know he is in for a fight.