Wladimir Klitschko vs. David Haye: Possibly the Best Heavyweight Bout in Years
Boxing has needed some form of revival over recent years. With the explosion of Mixed Martial Arts across the globe, the old art and beautiful science has taken a back seat of late. But a fight that should rocket the sport back to the front of our consciousness is the clash between the precise Russian, Wladimir Klitschko and the slick Brit—David Haye.
Let’s take a look at three reasons why this bout has the potential to be the best heavyweight fight since Lennox Lewis and Mike Tyson...
1. The Styles
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Starting with an obvious and intriguing point, the styles of these fighters are very different. David Haye is a very explosive fighter who seizes the moment to unleash devastating combinations to his opponent. Klitschko, however, fights with a certain amount of patience as he carefully picks his opponent apart from a safe distance. With an impressive reach of 81 inches, Wlad has some three-inch advantage in this department over Haye, which could give some type of inclination into what Klitschko’s approach to this fight will be.
Haye, on the other hand, will be looking to get inside and to punish Wladimir with his lightning fast combinations. From previous fights, it is already apparent that Haye has the agility and power to be damaging as well as elusive in this fight, but Wlad is a very imposing tank of a man who will certainly make the ring feel a lot smaller for the Hayemaker to dance around in.
To conclude then, the styles of these fighters are very different, but given the temperament and abilities of David Haye, I think he has a slight advantage over the big Russian in this department.
2. The Heat
Something that makes this fight sensationally big...bigger than most of the modern day boxing matches...is the hype and hatred between these two boxers. If you so much as type the word "coward" in on the Internet, results will spew a thousand videos or articles discussing how Haye has called Wlad a coward, or vice versa. Both men truly hate each other—Haye adopting the cocky, taunting attitude, whilst Klitschko plays the cool, calm but firmly confident nemesis.
I think the fact that both these fighters have a strong dislike for each other has contributed quite majorly to the fight being so highly anticipated. Not since Tyson fought Lewis back in 2002 have we seen two high level boxers wanting to physically destroy each other. If you were to judge this fight by its press conferences and interviews alone, it would be a barbaric and hateful affair.
The mind games on Haye’s behalf may well be giving him a sense of self confidence and the upper-hand from a trash talking point of view, but he must beware that Klitschko just keeps getting more and more reasons to destroy Haye on the night. Especially after that poster created by the Brit, displaying both Wladimir and Vitali’s heads in the hands of Haye. Slightly distasteful yes, but it all helps to add to the melting pot of emotions that will be running high in this encounter.
3. The Determination
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On both men’s behalf, there will be a lot of determination to prove, once and for all, who is the greatest heavyweight boxer walking the planet. After already overcoming the mammoth human being in Nikolai Valuev, Haye has proved that he has the sheer grit and determination that is required when necessary. He also proved that he can execute a game-plan to perfection and prey on his opponent’s weaknesses until they fall. But Wladimir klitschko does not have as many weaknesses as Valuev. He is quicker, has the knockout power and also has the tactical mind needed in order to remain at the top in his weight class.
Either way, the three reasons mentioned here will be verified or void on the second of July in Hamburg, as we will see just what has become of the hype and speculation surrounding this bout. Will Haye be too quick for Klitschko? Will Klitschko’s reach advantage be enough for his him to pick Haye off at range like we all know he is capable of? Or will Haye be able to get inside were he will give Wlad some serious problems? Who Knows.
What I do know is that if this bout lives up to half of the hype it’s receiving, it will be one hell of a fight.
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