David Haye vs Wladimir Klitschko: Game-Plans and Predictions

Jonathan R.R. ClarkeContributor IIIJuly 2, 2011

HAMBURG, GERMANY - JULY 01:  Wladimir Klitschko (L) David Haye during the weigh in for their upcoming heavy weight title fight at Karstadt Sports shopping centre on July 1, 2011 in Hamburg, Germany.  (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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The countdown begins.

David Haye is set to meet Wladimir Klitschko this evening in, what promises to be, a very heated and fiery collision. The exchanging of words has been done and now the time has come for these two fighters to support every insult, every slur, every slander and every snarl they have expressed.

I can see this fight ending fairly early. Both men are capable of being rocked/knocked out—so it could be a case of who connects first. Haye is the quicker of the two, whilst Klitschko is more tactical and strategic.

Haye’s weakness could be his willingness to go forward and throw combinations and flurries—allowing the big Russian to pick his spots and capitalise on the vulnerabilities of Haye’s game through counter-punching.

On the other hand, however, Haye has done that much trash-talking about Wlad, that Vitali’s younger brother could be fighting with his heart instead of his head—which is not good. He will already be angry at the various stunts which Haye has pulled—most notably the one involving a certain picture of Haye holding the heads of the two brothers. Fighting with anger never really works out—ask Mike Tyson.

If Wlad falls into this trap, Haye has him right where he wants him.

If Wlad stays cool and tactical, Haye is in for a tough fight and may have to prepare his words...on a plate...with a knife and fork.

This fight is in the balance for now then. It all rests on what type of fighter turns up—in what mood and how well prepared. Haye is definitely the most physically well prepared athlete. Whilst Wlad could be said to hold all the cards when it comes to strategy.

I just hope that Haye can stop Wlad from implementing his game-plan of "jab, jab, hold"—otherwise the fight will be in smoldering embers before the third round has begun.

Prediction: Wladimir Klitchscko by sixth-round TKO.


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