David Haye, Wladimir Klitschko Face Off: Finally, Heavyweights Worth Watching
If you missed Max Kellerman's HBO special Face Off: Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye, you should do yourself a favor and watch it! Trust me. You'll thank me later.
July is going to be a very exciting month for the sport of boxing and it all begins July 2nd with Haye vs Klitschko.
Let's be honest, we haven't seen a notable Heavyweight bout since Lennox Lewis retired after beating the older Klitschko brother, Vitali, eight years ago to the day.
Since then, the Klitschko's have owned the Heavyweight division, beating up on average competition.
Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KOs) has won 13 straight fights since losing in 2004 to Lamon Brewster. He has been the face of the Heavyweights ever since. He owns the IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight belts and will be defending those titles against his toughest competition yet—David Haye.
David Haye (25-1, 23 KOs), also known as the "Hayemaker," is in his prime at 30 years old. He has won 15 straight matches, only losing once—and that was back in 2004 as well. He's a very cocky, foul-mouthed, talented fighter from London. Basically, a fighter this division has been in dire need of.
David Haye's expletives and antics alone on Max Kellerman's HBO special make you want to watch the fight. In the opening minute of the face-off, Haye denies Wladimir's attempted handshake and calls him a "dickhead." I'd be lying to you if I told you I wasn't laughing hysterically.
He insulted Wladimir repeatedly and you can tell he was doing a good job of getting under the big man's skin. Wladimir finally engaged in the verbal war, calling Haye an "idiot" and making fun of his flashy attire.
Trash-talking is something boxing needs. No one wants to see two fighters hug and touch gloves at the beginning of every round (ahem—Manny Pacquiao and Shane Mosley). We need more Floyd Mayweather's and Roy Jones Jr's. Sorry, but it's true.
Floyd is the best at this. He knows how to hype-up a fight and get into an opponent's head. He's notorious for pre-fight antics and trash-talking. He makes fans love him and hate him. More importantly, he gets people to watch his fights—many of whom are watching in hopes of seeing him lose.
This is exactly what the Heavyweight division needs: its No. 1 superstar, fighting the up-and-coming arrogant superstar.
Antics aside, Haye has the speed, stamina and attitude that Klitschko has not faced in a long time, making every part of this fight worth it to watch. Coincidentally, Wladimir Klitschko has the experience, size and power that Haye has yet to face.
Both fighters predicted knockouts. I'm not going to give a prediction as I am on the fence with this one.
But in David Haye's words: "Its going to be a great fight! I've got a (expletive) hard-on!"
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