Sunday, November 8, 2009

David Haye Too Fast, Too Good For Valuev

In the world of boxing, nobody wants to be wrong. And I certainly did not want to be wrong when I made my prediction that David Haye will win via decision against 7-footer Nikolai Valuev. And Haye really made me look good, not only because the Haymaker won, but the manner of which he bested the Russian giant in his own backyard.

Check my Valuev-Haye preview and prediction for more history on the matter.

I stated in a previous article that Haye will use his superior skills and quick reflexes to his advantage, effectively outworking and outpacing Valuev all throughout the fight. Haye’s efficient footwork allows him to get in close and rain his punches then retreat while firing a shot or two.

Valuev’s size and height advantage may have been glaring at Haye’s diminutive figure, but speed and technique ruled the night for the former undisputed cruiserweight champion of the world.

Haye almost made good his promise of a knockout victory in the final round when he unleashed a three-punch volley that sent Valuev staggering against the ropes, clearly dazed from the punishment he took against the smaller Briton.

Drawing upon Haye's performance against Valuev, I can clearly say that Haye is today's fastest heavyweight in terms of hand speed, reflexes, and foot speed. He can even rival boxing legend Muhammad Ali in that department.

With the win, Haye cements his spot among the top 10 heavyweight contenders and perhaps gained him a ticket to fight either one of the Klitschko brothers.

Of course, he won by majority decision, instead of a unanimous victory I earlier predicted. But still, a win is a win.

Check out the last two rounds of the fight here.


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