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David Haye vs. Audley Harrison: WBA Heavyweight Title on the Line

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 12:  David Haye and Audley Harrison go face to face during the official weigh-in at The Lowry Theatre on November 12, 2010 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Tyler CurtisAnalyst INovember 12, 2010

The boxing world is focused on the Manny Pacquiao-Antonio Margarito fight tomorrow, and rightly so, but there is another fight of note tomorrow.

If you're looking to get your boxing day started early than the WBA title fight between David Haye and Audley Harrison fight is perfect for you. They square off tomorrow at 4:00 pm Eastern Standard time.

This is a big one in Britain and the first all British heavyweight showdown since Frank Bruno fought Lennox Lewis in 1993. So it’s a big deal across the pond.

The question is should it be a big deal in America and should you take the time to search for a stream tomorrow afternoon.

It's hard for me to sit here and tell you that it is, but it’s a heavyweight title fight and we love boxing.

Getting back to the fight itself, it is a total mismatch and another disappointing fight for the former “savior of the heavyweight division.” He is now 4-0 with three knockouts in his heavyweight career.

The three knockouts and the fact he is the WBA champion looks nice, but he hasn’t really beaten a credible heavyweight at this point. He got the title from Nikolay Valuev which is less than impressive to say the least.

He defended it against sturdy heavyweight fighter John Ruiz—again a decent fighter but nothing to get excited over. Harrison, on the other hand, is a total flop in the professional ranks.

He had a lot of hype after he won an Olympic Gold Medal and looked promising after he started his career 19-0. He then lost back-to-back fights against Danny Williams and American disappointment Dominick Guinn.

His low point was losing to taxi driver novice Martin Rogan in December of 2008. Rogan was only 10-0 at the time and remains a very novice fighter.

Since that 19-0 start, he has gone a mediocre 8-4 and hasn’t come close to the world level until now. His best wins are a rematch against Danny Williams and a win over trail horse Michael Sprott.

He was losing the fight to Sprott when he pulled out a miracle knockout in the Round 12. That netted him the European heavyweight title, and that is the only title of note he has won.

Does he deserve to be fighting for the heavyweight title of the world? In a word, no. The fact that Haye is strutting around acting like everyone has been looking forward to this makes him look foolish.

At the weigh-in today, Harrison came in at 253.5 43 pound heavier than Haye's 210.5. This really doesn’t mean anything other than Haye came in much about 11 pounds lighter than Ruiz and may have over trained.

The weight difference won't help Harrison come tomorrow night. Haye has every conceivable advantage outside of one-punch power. The 39-year-old Harrison has a great left-hand and can knock anyone out with it.

He needs to land a perfect punch, and that isn’t going to happen tomorrow night. Haye is the faster fighter by a long shot and may be the faster fighter in the heavyweight division.

The only real shot Harrison has is landing a perfectly timed left-hand punch cleanly on Haye’s chin, and that isn’t likely. Harrison won't back up his trash talk, and this fight won't be very competitive.

Haye will avoid the big left-hand and land at will on Harrison. I suspect Haye will beat him down mentally and physically before stopping him in the ninth or 10th round.

This was originally published on www.kissingthecanvas.com

 

 

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