Tuesday, June 2, 2009

David Haye's Keys To Victory

David Haye, the charismatic 28 year old heavyweight that will be facing Wladimir Klitschko June 20, in Germany, will have to do more to be victorious than his previous performance.

Perhaps David Haye looked sloppy in his bout against Monte Barrett because it was his first fight at heavyweight. Haye did not use his jab all that much in the Monte Barrett fight, showed little head movement and jumped in range often without setting up his punches. With that being said, David Haye displayed good speed and decent power - something an opponent needs in order to beat Wladimir Klitschko.

Considering all the hype leading up to this fight, which the heavyweight division so desperately needs, I expect Wladimir Klistschko to be properly motivated. Isn't he always though? Yes, Wladimir is a consument professional, but a Wladimir Klitschko that is properly motived and who has a perceived legitimate threat, fights better; a lot better than the jab-n-grab safety first Wladimir Klitschko. David Haye seems to have lit a fire under Klitschko. David Haye's mouth has been good for publicity, good for hype, but could turn out to be bad in the end for him.

I expect Wladimir's trainer will have him go right after Haye. Klitschko cannot afford to be a safety first boxer in this fight, and Steward knows this; he will have Wlad fight more aggressively.

I also expect David Haye to fight aggressively as well, because that is what you need to do in order to prevail against Wladimir Klitschko.

Haye cannot win the fight on pure aggression alone - he will have to implement his jab, head movement and not stand still. If he stands still, Wladimir's jab will cause real problems.

I can't see this fight being fought at a slow and measured pace, because both heavyweights are fast and powerful. Haye and Klitschko will want to get each other out of there as quickly as possible. I'm expecting a heavyweight collision with the fight not going past 4 rounds. Someone is definitely getting knocked out and knocked out early. If Haye can do even half of what is expected of him, it might be Wladimir Klitscko on his back being counted out by the ref.

Stay tuned.

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