18th April 2011

Amir Khan and David Haye – Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images North America
David Haye believes Paul ‘Dudey’ McCloskey should have been allowed to carry on in his fight with Amir Khan, despite suffering a cut to his left eye and the fight being called off by the referee in round six.

The fight has stirred up many mixed opinions throughout the fight game. McCloskey’s camp feeling robbed and Khans people believing they had the fight won anyway and that the champion would have went on to successfully retain his WBA light-welterweight belt in the second half of the fight.

Haye shares McCloskey’s disappointment at the fight being stopped and doesn’t believe himself that the cut was worthy of ending the fight. But Haye believes that despite the stoppage, Khan would have got better as the fight wore on and would have eventually prevailed anyway.

“It was a disappointing ending to an interesting fight, and I’m sure Amir was just as gutted by the nature of the outcome as everybody else. Knowing Amir as I do, I have no doubt he would have wanted to finish the fight decisively. In fact, Amir seemed on the verge of doing just that at the time, as he wobbled and hurt McCloskey in the previous round.” said Haye on his official blog.

“The decision to end the fight because of the cut seemed a strange one, to be honest. The cut wasn’t stopping McCloskey from fighting and didn’t seem particularly deep, wide or likely to get much worse. From what I could tell, McCloskey wanted to continue with the fight, and it was a shame he wasn’t given the benefit of the doubt in such a big world title fight. McCloskey might not get another chance now.

“Still, it’s hard to say how the final rounds would have played out. McCloskey claims he would have come on strong, but there was little evidence of that happening in the six rounds we did see.

“There’s no doubt Khan was on top and well in control at that stage, and it’s not like Amir has a history of fading late in fights. He’s one of the best conditioned boxers in the world and, if anything, only gets better as the fight moves into the later stages. I’ve got no doubt he would have done the same in the second half of Saturday’s fight.” added Haye.

For more from David Haye’s Blog visit www.hayemaker.com
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