3rd June 2011

‘Haye Falls short in his bid to topple Klitschko’

David Haye failed in his bid to unify the heavyweight division, when he was outpointed over the distance by Wladimir Klitschko, who controlled the fight behind his jab and dominated the fight of the year at the SV Hamburg football stadium in Germany on a rainy Saturday night.


Hayes tactics to detonate his ‘Hayemaker’ right hand on Wladimirs chin, didn’t materialise and Klitschko dominated his British opponent, frustrating Haye by keeping his distance, like he has done with many of his challengers before.

Judges score cards read 117-109, 118-108, 116-110 all in favour of Klitschko to seal a comfortable unanimous decision in the end. Haye afterwards blamed a broken toe for his inability to get in quick enough to land the shots he intended to on Klitschko’s chin, although he tried to up until the final bell, shaking Klitschko in the last round, but it was too little too late.

Klitschko 35, who already held the IBF and WBO heavyweight titles, now adds to that collection Hayes WBA belt and between him and big brother Vitali, the WBC champion, the Klitschko brothers have now Monopolised the division, holding all four of the major world titles, including the ‘Ring’ belt.

Haye 30, who’s career is now in the balance with retirement plans for October still apparently set in stone, just didn’t unsettle Klitschko enough to shake him from his zone. Everything Klitschko does is by the book, he systematically out wits his opponents and uses his Hugh frame, height and reach to impose his style on his foes. He really deserves more credit than he has had. His style certainly isnt the most watchable, but it is very effective and works.

When a boxer goes into a fight with a box fighter, looking for a one punch knockout, it is usually a recipe to fail. Haye proved to be has awkward for Klitschko to land clean as much as Klitschko’s defence was to break down. Every time Haye attacked, Klitschko stepped back, leaving Haye to fall short.

Equally Haye backed off and kept on the outside, when maybe he should have taken more risks and stood inside Klitschko shots, as to deliver his own punches in range.

“I couldn’t give everything I needed to, it was really frustrating,” Haye told Sky Box Office afterwards. “I had to knock him out and unfortunately I couldn’t do it.”

“It was sub par, nowhere near as good as I would have liked, he fought the perfect game plan for someone with my style.

“I couldn’t push off on my right leg, I broke my toe about three weeks ago and have been giving it local anaesthetic. I stopped sparring a lot earlier than I would have done.

“I couldn’t explode off it and my Hayemaker wasn’t there.

“It was really frustrating, there’s nothing worse than seeing his chin there, trying to throw it and falling short.”

“It was the biggest fight of my life, we were thinking of pulling out, but there was no way after all the good fans paid so much money to come over here. I could not pull out.”

Haye who had rubbished and baited Klitschko in the build-up to the fight, refusing to shake his hand and insulting Klitschko as part of the mind games that would draw him into a fight with him. But Haye was full of admiration for Klitschko afterwards and admitted his respect for him. “He’s a great fighter, he was really good,” Haye said.

Haye had slipped to the canvas repeatedly, helped on his way too by the heavier, taller and more experienced Klitschko, who used his weight advantage to nullify Haye’s attacks and keep him off balance, while draining his energy reserves.

Referee Genaro Rodriguez, had taken a point off Klitschko in the 7th round for leaning on, but Haye was never going to win on points and he looked like that was never the plan anyway. The referee, also gave Haye a count in the 11th round, although it was clear that a punch never landed.

The Londoner came out with a last hooray in the final round, landing some good shots and a particularly good right hand, but Klitschko rode the shot, held on and cleared his head to see the fight out

The Ukrainian weighed in 30 pounds heavier than Haye ahead of the fight, coming in at 243lbs to Haye’s 213lbs and the natural advantages of Klitschko were the key to his triumph.

Klitschko takes his record to 56 wins out of 59 professional fights, with 3 defeats. Haye meanwhile drops to 25 wins – 23 by knockout and two defeats.

“We’re celebrating with my brother that we’ve collected all the belts in the heavyweight division.” said Klitschko.

“I wished I could knock him out impressively, but I had to be smart enough to not let him have a chance.” Klitschko added.
It wasn’t a great fight but the intensity knowing one punch could turn the fight at anytime, kept everyone on the edge of thier seats.

It is uncertain what Haye will do now, having planned to beat Wladimir and then take on his brother Vitali before October this year, his planned retirement plan date. Adam Booth is adamant he still believes Haye will retire and it seems unlikely that Haye will want to fight his way through the heavyweight contenders to earn another shot at the titles.

Haye v Klitschko fight video available here soon.

Undercard Results
Ashley Sexton and Mike Robinson drew in their rematch, when judges couldn’t split them after eight rounds. The scores were 78-76, 75-77 and 76-76. Sexton had beaten Robinson in the first fight between the pair 78-76 on points last time out, and that was very close too, many observers having it for scouser Robinson. We are sure a third fight between the pair will be made in the coming month’s somewhere closer to home.

Ashley Sexton vs Mike Robinson 2

Terry Dunstan suffered a hurtful first-round knockout defeat to Ola Afolabi, when a big right hand caught Dunstan flush ending the 42-year old British veteran’s night early.

Dunstan had looked to use his jab in the first minute of the first round, but Afolabi soon got inside, closed the distance to land a combination of punches as Dunstan backed to the ropes.

Afolabi then unleashed a big overhand right which sent Dunstan crashing to the canvas on his back and out for the count as the referee quickly waved off the contest.

Ola Afolabi vs Terry Dunstan

David Haye vs Wladimir Klitschko fight result
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