Tomorrow Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye will meet in the ring. After much talk and speculation, the fight is here, and we are all very excited about it. So what have we been promised?
David Haye and his team have repeatedly called Wlad a stiff fighter and a “robot.” They are convinced that David’s ability to move around and avoid Wlad’s jab via impressive head movement will win Haye this fight. Basically, they tried to convince us that Haye will be able to get around Wlad’s jab and get inside to land power shots.
Why are they so confident in their default strategy? Haven’t many trainers worked on this strategy with their fighters numerous times? As far as I know, everyone’s plan was to get past Wlad’s jab. This is not something that can be worked on or around; Wlad’s jab will always be there, and Team Klitschko is well aware that the opposition will be trying to avoid it.
Maybe, just maybe, the trick is not to get around it at all. Sam Peter in his action packed fight against Wladimir hardly worked on avoiding the jab, instead blocking or deflecting it while walking in to get closer.
Another thing that camp Haye is not realizing in my opinion after hearing them speak is the fact that Wladimir can also move back. He has improved himself a lot in the recent years, and has learned how to fight backwards. If David is planning on jumping in and trying to tag Wlad from afar, there is trouble within that idea.
Wlad on the other hand is not underestimating Haye, preparing vigorously for a hard and challenging fight. Name calling is nothing but a promotion tool for Wlad, and doesn’t seem to provide him with any extra confidence. He is always serious in preparation, listening to Steward’s veteran advice.
I think Wlad’s strategy should not be any different than before, as Haye is not going to offer anything different from other fighters. What he will try to do will be the same if not identical to what Wlad’s previous opposition did, only Haye will be able to do it quicker with more power. Nonetheless, Wladimir promised us that David Haye will be his fiftieth knockout!
Brace yourselves for tomorrow, and be ready for the first exciting heavyweight bout in a long time!