Haye Vs. Klitschko, Fight Of The Decade?
Most analysts will agree the only meaningful Heavyweight fights of the 21st Century so far have been, Tyson vs. Lewis, Klitschko vs. Lewis and a whole pile of nothing.
It doesn't matter how well the middelweights are doing, the Heavyweight division will always be at the top, and for a reason, there ain't no weight limit.
Since Lennox Lewis almost lost to Vitali Klitschko, who knows how the fight would have gone had Vitali's split above his eye not been so severe (he was leading on score cards ), there has been nothing.
Lennox Lewis was THE man of the division, and by de facto, THE man of boxing, but ever since his retirement, the Klitschko brothers have failed to bring as much of an iconic image to center stage.
There are two reasons for this, they are Ukrainians, their english is better than most, but they are still Ukrainians, and secondly, because they are brothers and have agreed never to fight each other, the crowds have to hope for either one of them to drop out, or be dropped out, and make a bigger image in the West.
The competition has also been lacking, for one, all the other guys are Eastern Europeans too, and a Nigerian, Samuel Peter who recently lost to Vitali Klitschko.
Now finally there is an english speaking fighter, not an American, but like Lennox Lewis, another Brit, he's charismatic, hard hitting, and wants to be unanimous Heavyweight champion of the world. You like?
His name is David Haye if you didn't get the article photo, and he's 22-1 and like Vitali Klitschko, who he is set to face in June of 09, only one of his victories did not come by way of knockout.
There are some things to consider however, one, he use to be a Cruiserweight, now who was the last Heavyweight champ who moved up from Cruiserweight? Oh yes, Holyfield, he's still around....
Holyfield went up against Tyson in the 90s, twice, and beat him, twice.
Not to compare David Haye to Evander or Iron Mike to Dr. Iron Fist ( Vitali ) but the Heavyweight division in boxing has lost it's luster.
This fight will be pegged as the biggest since Lewis and Tyson, and if it lives up to the hype, there will be more.
For if Haye defeats Vitali, he will undoubtedly face off against Wladimir Klitschko and THAT will be the new fight of the decade, maybe the last 20 years even.
It all depends on marketing of course but there is a chance.
After all, Tyson was on the decline, way past his prime when he faced of against Lewis, who was at the time an aging warrior.
Haye is only 28, Wladimir will be 33 in March, and if all goes will, we might get to see a Fall/Winter fight of a generation.
Here's hoping, although my money's on Vitali to knock Haye out in 6.
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