Finally, another special night of boxing is upon us and this time it really is farcical, as yet another picture of the relative sizes of the two men demonstrates; Haye is exactly 7 stones the lighter man as he prepares for their heavyweight title fight tonight in about 4 hours time.
Whether I watch the fight or not is now dependent on a dodgy sky HD box (with lemming like tendencies) ability to actually record it. I look forward to the spectacle and hope that the undercard is reasonable too, primetime’s recent super six broadcast was fine entertainment at a reasonable price and set a high standard for a pay per view boxing event in the UK.
Cleopuss wants my prediction in writing so I don’t go on about it afterwards .. and I would love to believe that David can win and become the only man to knock the giant Valuev out, but I believe his relatively weak chin will be exposed at some point in the fight. It goes without saying that if at any point David was to be cornered or walk onto something, then the power of the naturally (much) bigger man will trouble him. To win, he has to fight a very controlled strategy, hope that his luck holds out and that he doesn’t make his usual mistakes and leave himself an easy target for his opponents punches. If Jean Marc Mormeck could hurt Haye, however fleetingly, then imagine what a man almost twice as big could do to him.
How Value copes with Haye’s power, or if David can connect with anything meaningful enough to discourage the champion, are both questions I look forward to answering tonight.
If the fight goes to a points decision, Valuev proved last year against a 46 year old Evander Holyfield that he is difficult to beat in his adopted back yard. Those backing Haye tonight cite this fight as a marker of what is possible against Valuev, as Evander more than survived the 12 round distance, and he was of comparable weight to Haye going into the fight. But David doesn’t have the teak tough qualities that make Evander one of few cruiserweight world champions to make the step up to heavyweight successfully. And when Evander was winning world titles he wasn’t facing todays 7 foot giants, but whatever my doubts, we at webwurld wish David all the best of British out in enemy territory … if he wins this fight it will be the making of him.