Haye vs Klitschko : WBA Heavyweight Champion David Haye (25-1, 23 KO’s) has a very good chance to defeat Vladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KO’s) in their unification title fight this summer. Klitschko, who has dominated the heavyweight division along with his brother Vitali for several years, holds the IBF, IBO, WBO and Ring Magazine Heavyweight Titles.
Vladimir Klitschko AKA “Dr. Steelhammer” matured into a dominant champion after he enlisted the expertise of world renowned trainer Emanuel Steward. After showing early promise in his career Vladimir suffered three KO defeats to fighters he should not have lost to. Obviously his chin and even his heart were called into question. In retrospect his KO losses were as much a problem of conditioning as was his chin. It was not until “Dr. Steelhammer” took on Steward that his career fully blossomed. He seems to have put the ghosts of his earlier KO losses behind him.
David Haye has been a constant thorn in the sides of both Klitschko brothers for the past couple of years. His outside the ring antics were attention grabbers in the press, but are also most likely done to get under the Klitschko’s skin. In the world of boxing, controversy usually means one thing and that is ticket sales. A couple of years ago “The Hayemaker” showed up at a press conference with Vlad with a tee shirt which depicted the decapitated heads of the Klitscko’s. Again, this type of behavior is outrageous but it does generate interest. Whether or not Haye believes his own comments to the media, in which he blasts both of the Klitschko’s, is hard to fathom.
‘Most of my energy is focused on destroying him. He’s coming to a gunfight unarmed, and he’s going to get destroyed. It’s time for the Klitschkos to fade into boxing history like the big robots they are,’ said Haye. Wladimir laughed off Haye’s claims and even offered the Brit some business advice, ‘Your speech was a little bit weak. I was expecting you to do more, because you want to be an actor in Hollywood. ‘I saw the Hayemaker magazine. I opened it: Haye, Haye and more Haye. For this magazine, if you change the “H” to a “G” then it’s going to be better for sales,’ said Klitschko.