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Haye goes for easy option Mormeck

We raise the question - is the Hayemaker cherry picking opponents?

Posted Jan 26, 2011 by Shaun Edwards

Is the Hayemaker cherry picking opponents?

When Wladimir Klitschko announced his re-scheduled bout with British Heavyweight Dereck Chisora, the whole boxing world's hearts sank.

Wladimir and his representatives with K2 Promotions had been in long term discussions with another Brit WBA Champion David Haye, regarding a unification at some point in 2011. This was and still is the fight that boxing fans want to see, but it does not look like it will happen before Haye's projected retirement of this coming October. With Klitschko seemingly unable to agree to terms with the Londoner, we will now assess potential opponents for what could be another hand-picked defence.

WBA Heavyweight Champion David Haye is targeting a second fight with former Cruiserweight Jean Marc Mormeck, his trainer has revealed. Despite being put down in the fourth round in their cruiserweight bout in Paris in 2007, Haye got up to stop Mormeck in the 7th round of an explosive bout. In his next fight Haye unified the Cruiserweight division with a second round stoppage of Wales' Enzo Macinirelli.

Since Haye's proper heavyweight debut in November 2008 against Monte Barrett, some say that Haye has been given an easy ride and is a very beatable opponent. Having attended the Barrett fight, there is no doubt that what transpired was quite explosive with Barrett down five times in as many rounds.

But looking at the bigger picture Barrett, despite his impressive CV of opponents has never been a world class operator and has lost everytime he has stepped up in class (barring his draw against a fading David Tua). After the fight Haye met with WBC Champion Vitali Klitschko, and called out the Ukranian giant on live TV. Despite this, and several other attempts to entice the older Klitschko, it does seem that this is the fight Haye is ducking at present.

Vitali does have a mandatory defence against the unproven Odlanier Solis coming up, but this fight could easily be rescheduled for a unification bout with Haye. But Haye's trainer and manager Adam Booth has dismissed the clash, as he feels that Vitali could lose against Solis, who did actually beat Haye in the amateurs. Although Vitali is teetering towards the big 40, and he has slowed down quite a bit in recent fights, it is hard to see Solis giving him too many problems mainly due to his size. It is the same argument for Dereck Chisora against Wladimir, as he will have to do something early on to break the mould of previous Klitschko fights and get inside and more importantly hurt or shake the big man.

It is the opinion of many pundits and boxing fans alike, that both brothers are uncomfortable under pressure and will not stand and trade with opponents. For Wladimir this is understandable giving his weak chin and previous knockout defeats. If Solis, is to have any success against Vitali he must do something early to dictate the pace, lest we forget the 39 year old has never touched down in his entire professional career.

Back to Mormeck, another fighter who has moved up from Cruiserweight to Heavyweight, he has had three fights so far in the division and hasn't looked convincing in any of them. The now 38 year old, seems to have slowed down considerably since his Cruiserweight days, and you would think could be a quick night's work for Haye.

The disappointing thing about Haye's reign in the heavyweight division, is that he will forever be remembered at present for 'fighting' Audley Harrison as much as the win over Nikolai Valuev to claim the WBA belt. The farcical nature of that fight, and the fact that the Klitschko fights do not look like happening has made people take a step back and look at his record. It goes 36 year old Barrett, Valuev 38, John Ruiz 39 and Audley Harrison at 39 years old, does not make for convincing reading especially for a fighter who prided himself on fighting the best at Cruiserweight, sadly adding Mormeck to that list will only enhance the view that Haye has manufactured a Heavyweight career rather than competed with the best.

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