David Haye fell victim to a dominant Wladimir Klitschko in his attempts to unify the heavyweight division in Hamburg’s Imtech Arena.
In the lead-up to the fight, the Brit lambasted both Klitschko and the opponents he had faced during his IBF and WBO title reign. However, Haye’s constant trash talk left the Londoner scraping egg off his face, in turn losing his WBA crown.
But Haye just recreated the same fight seen against Klitschko on countless occasions: a smaller boxer, struggling to infiltrate the Ukrainian’s superb jab and straight punches.
In front of a packed arena, cheered on by 10,000 fans, Haye could not land a single telling punch on the 6’7" Dr. Steelhammer. The British contingent cheered on in vain, as Haye was outboxed and out-muscled throughout the entire fight.
Many thought that the Ukrainian would wilt further into the fight, as he has been a victim to poor cardio in his later rounds on a few occasions.
However, buoyed on by the majority of the crowd with an intense, high-altitude training camp under his belt, the resulting points win was never in doubt. Klitschko's record is now boosted to 59 wins, with three losses.
It was the same old classic Klitschko. The German-based fighter’s whipping jab has often shocked his opponents with its speed, and this fight was no different.
The Hayemaker accused his failings partially on a broken toe, though he did concede in losing to the better man in this fight.
Despite the injury, a fit-and-ready Haye would not have changed the outcome to this fight. The fight was always going to be a battle of implementing a game plan, and Haye fell right into the trap.
Klitschko instantly took the center of the ring, and the fight from then on was elementary.
Haye plans to retire towards the end of the year. But after this disappointing performance, retiring now will not be a fitting end for the battling Brit.
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