By William Trillo
“Humiliating! Disappointing! Continually flopping! A lucky loser who won a big payday!”
Those are but a few of the terms used by the HBO crew to describe David Haye and his performance against Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday. At times I have not agreed with the HBO commentary but in this case I have to say they were spot on, in fact maybe they were being too nice to Haye who not only did not leave Klitschko quivering on the canvas like he claimed but instead spent most of the time staying out of harms way and never truly engaging in any warfare at all. To rub salt into the wound Haye went “Excuse Maker” after the fight by revealing he came into the fight with a hurt toe and could not push off properly to launch his trademark “Haye Maker” right hand.
What a load of rubbish!
Contrary to all the hype, this is how Haye fights anyone who may hurt him. All one needs to do is look at his battle with Nicolay Valuev to see that when Haye takes on bigger men he fights like a frightened sissy and lands roughly a paltry 12 punches a round. Either that or Haye went into the Valuev fight with a busted foot digit as well. Whatever the case may be, that ploy worked against the awkward Giant but against the sure footed and sharp shooting Wladimir he stood no chance…NO CHANCE AT ALL.
I know there is a huge groundswell building, (mostly in the U.K.), that is somehow trying to say that the reason this fight sucked is Klitschko’s fault and if Haye didn’t have a broken toe…blah blah blah.
I understand you are going to root for your hometown lad, but after all the trash talk this guy did I would advise all you blokes to do like Haye and tuck your tails between your legs and hide. If the past few weekends have told us anything it is that the World uses Brit fighters as the minor leagues, a good feeding ground to keep World class fighters busy, but really no consistent threat to steal anyone’s title.
I have not seen or heard anything as bad as Haye’s toe excuse since Roberto Duran want, “NO Mas, No Mas”, against Sugar Ray Leonard claiming he ate a tainted Burrito before the fight.
Excuses have no place on a Champions agenda and whether you are shoving a botulism burrito down your throat or cracking your toe while kicking the cat…we don’t want to hear about it. (Not to be confused with concocting a busting your toe alibi because you have been embarrassed by a public case of “Hoof in Mouth” disease.)
On the contrary Champions do whatever it takes to play through pain to get the job done. Watching Willis Reed hobble onto the court with a torn up knee to lead his New York Knicks to an NBA world title comes to mind. Hearing how Jack Youngblood went onto the football field with a broken ankle to try to help his Los Angeles Rams win The Super Bowl is what sports fans have come to expect from their heroes.
And then there is Olympian gymnast Kerri Strug who needed a huge vault to get her USA team the Gold Medal . One problem, Kerri had a busted leg and was the last hope for the team.
Did she run her mouth and say how she was going to humiliate her competition?
Did she make excuses as to why her performance was subpar?
She did as real Champions do!
See for yourselves. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYSacT1iHi4
Am I saying that little Strug has bigger balls than Mr. David Haye?
That’s exactly what I am saying!
And now to the Mail Pouch:
What a waste of time and money that event was.
Wladimir Klitschko has almost every physical advantage known to man and still hides behind that jab of his. Sure, it’s the best jab in the heavyweight division and he’s proven it’s possible to win contests without any need to take risks, but surely the defeats the whole point of boxing from a spectator’s point of view. We want to see men at the peak of physical and mental condition go in there and win a fight. Show some courage, aggression and fighting skills. All Klitschko showed was that if a bigger man is fit, mobile and reasonably well trained, he can fend off a smaller man by repeatedly sticking out his left arm and having his fist land before the smaller man is able to land his punch. I’m not paying anything for that revelation.
As for David Haye, he has been horribly exposed. The trash talking was for two purposes: to bypass a lot of other fighters in the queue to fight for a world title and to unsettle his opponent. Having got the opportunity of a lifetime, I expected him to use it a lot better. Haye talked a lot about his superior speed. It’s true he has that advantage. Unfortunately, he hadn’t a clue how to use it. A slight edge in speed doesn’t count for much if you throw single punches. Your opponent will still have time to block the incoming blow. You need to throw three or four punches in a combination for speed to work in your favour. This is especially relevant if a boxer specializes in throwing looping punches, like Haye. The defender can block the first easily. The second is a bit harder to stop, and by the third or fourth, the receiver’s reactions are just a little behind and a punch can land. Walk into any boxing gym and nearly everyone knows this. So why didn’t his trainer tell him?
If this is the best matchup the heavyweight diviion can produce, it’s time for TV stations to boycott all professional heavyweight contests. After all, does anyone really want to see Klitschko – Adamek?
This is easily the funniest bit I have ever read here in the Mail Pouch. Monty Python and Morcambe & Wise would be proud of your efforts.
I would ask you to do a basic Google search using the keywords, Boxing 101.
You will find that having a good strong jab is the most important weapon in boxing, everything else comes after that.
Trying to discredit Klitschko for working behind a “Steel Hammer” jab is ridiculous and trying to fault Wlad for this pathetic fight is ridiculous. He did what he had to do to decisively beat the inactive Haye, you can not fault the man for that.
Thank you for pointing out Hayes flaws which are many, his mouth being his biggest one.
This guy is an embarrassment to boxing and I hope for our sakes he will do what he already says he is considering, and that is retiring. He really needs to go away.
To quote Cris Arreola during the press tour before his fight with Vitali, when asked about Haye pulling out of the first proposed Klitschko fight Arreola said, “I always knew David was a vagina!”
I could not agree more with that statement.
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