Reality Check For Haye After Klitschko Defeat

Ukraine’s heavyweight Wladimir Klitschko defeated Britain’s David Haye in Hamburg, Germany on Saturday night. Wladimir, 35, added the WBA title to his haul (IBF, WBO and IBO), improving his record to 56-3 (49 KOs), while Haye, 30, dropped to 25-2 (23 KOs). Wladimir’s older brother Vitali (42-2, 39 KOs), holds the WBC title. Judges were unanimous in choosing the Ukrainian as the winner after 12 rounds: 117-109, 118-108, and 116-110.

The fight was the most eagerly awaited heavyweight contest since Tyson Lewis in 2002. Unfortunately the fight itself did not live up to expectations. Haye was outboxed and outmuscled by his rival for 12 rounds. Haye had promised a new game-plan for the fight but was unable to bypass his Ukrainian rival’s ramrod jab to get off shots of his own.

Klitschko was disappointed he couldn’t knock his opponent out. Hay’s defensive style would not give him the opportunity. Wladimir said afterwards, “it was the same situation to the previous fighters. They try for the first round then are very cautious afterwards. That was exactly what David Haye did. He criticised all of them but he was the same”.Haye managed to land his right hand on a number of occasions but Klitschko wasnt effected by it. Wladimir added “he connected a couple of punches but I wasn’t hurt in any of the fight”.

Haye, who at least had the good grace to shake Klitschko’s hand after the fight, said he would now take a break and consider his options, although he had previously vowed to retire before his 31st birthday on 13 October. The win for Wladimir means the Klitschko brothers now have total domination of the heavyweight division with he and WBC boss Vitali now holding all four major belts between them. And Wladimir could not hide his pleasure at fulfilling a lifelong ambition. He said: “Our dream came true. I’m sharing (it) with my brother and it’s a very enjoyable moment in my life.”