Vitali Klitschko vs David Haye - 5 Reasons This Fight Will HappenWritten by Lee Cleveland
Rumors continue to swirl that World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 40 KO's) will fight former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (25-2, 23 KO's) at Wembley Stadium.
"I'll knock him out, I'll smash his chin if he holds it out like he did again Adamek," said Haye. "But still I can not imagine that Vitali has the courage. If he does, I guarantee I'll send him into retirement. He will never fight again and will be able to devote himself full time to politics."
Haye also claimed that Wladimir Klitschko ran away from him or clinched and pulled him to the ground in their fight and that "I hit harder than the two brothers together. I am also much faster, more agile and much, much harder to hit."
There has been no official announcement but Vitali has been obsessed with fighting Haye since his brother defeated the Brit in July. Even after the Adamek fight, Vitali again called out Haye.
Wladimir Klitschko refused to give Haye a rematch and justifiably so. He won a lopsided decision in an unsatisfying fight in which Haye was reluctant to engage. After the fight, Haye initially threatened to retire if Wladimir turned down his request for a rematch. But now, after vacationing with his family and hanging out with Lennox Lewis, Haye is apparently thinking about postponing his retirement and has hinted he wants to fight Vitali Klitschko. Perhaps Lewis gave Haye some words of encouragement?
Why this fight will happen.... And soon
- Vitali has a bitter disliking of Haye and has been provoking him since July
- Haye detests the Klitschkos and, for the last two years, has attempted to humiliate them and destroy their reputations
- There's no doubt Haye wants to restore image after his dreadful performance against Wladimir
- A fight between two popular fighters who have a well-publicized and long-standing vendetta often generates increased interest and sales
- Revenue-wise, Vitali Klitschko vs David Haye is still probably the biggest fight in the heavyweight division (unless the Klitschko brothers agreed to fight each other)
Despite his pathetic performance against Wladimir this summer, Haye is a dangerous fighter who matches up better, stylistically, with Vitali than Wlad. Unlike Wlad, Vitali is an aggressive fighter who comes forward and engages his opponents. As a result, he's less defensive (than his brother) and would be more vulnerable to Haye's punches. Vitali is also a bit slower than Wlad. Simply put, Haye would have more opportunities to land his power shots against Vitali than Wlad.
Although he won't do it, Vitali should force Haye to earn a second title shot. In addition, the WBC should require that Haye beat at least one Top 10 heavyweight before allowing him the opportunity to fight Vitali - But in the end, money talks.
Lee is Managing Editor of FightSaga.com, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.
A gym rat in the 1990s, Lee was trained by 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist Charles Mooney and several retired seasoned pros. He was also a sparring partner for former WBA Super Middleweight Champion Steve Little who upset Michael Nunn for the WBA Super Middleweight Title in '94.
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