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July 9 2011

Haye/Klitschko ... The Aftermath!!

Saturday 2nd July 2011 at The Imtech Arena, Hamburg in Germany saw the biggest heavyweight showdown in world boxing for many years.  The participants were Britain's David Haye and The Ukraine's Wladimir Klitschko. Overall the fight ended up in disappointment as's own, David Haye, lost the fight on a wide points margin with all three judges scoring the fight 118-108, 117-109 & 116-110 to the new WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO Heavyweight Champion Of The World - Wladimir Klitschko. 

After watching the fight a number of times its extremely hard to argue with the overall decision, felt the 116-110 scorecard was a fairer reflection as we gave Haye the 3rd,  9th and 12th rounds.  Naturally readers will note Klitschko had a point deducted in the 7th and Haye had an extremely controversial count in the 11th

The fight followed a similar pattern throughout, Klitschko stalked Haye and as predicted his jab was the mainstay of his shots, which in fairness he consistently landed. Haye tried in vain to counter this with his overhand rights. Whilst several times Haye managed to get inside the Klitschko jab, the Ukranian was too quick on his feet and was able to avoid Haye's punches.  

Overall, feels the key to the fight and the one which scuppered Haye's counter punching plan was Klitschko being a lot quicker with his footwork thus being able to avoid Haye's intended bombs.  

Hindsight is a wonderful thing, I state this because both fighters will tell you very clearly they would have done a number of things differently whether that be in the lead up to the fight or the fight itself - Klitschko has already argued if he and Haye were to ever meet again he would knock The Hayemaker out, he states in his opinion Haye simply cannot improve from where he is now.  If you speak to David Haye he is adamant there are a number of factors in the build up to the fight that could have been better - and of course if there were a 2nd fight, he is convinced he would more than do himself justice. 

Lets make something perfectly clear, feels the better man on the night, Wladimir Klitschko, won deservedly so, he kept rigidly to the fight plan himself and his trainer Manny Steward had worked out. 

David Haye on the other hand, stated there was an injury that did not help, the security on the way to the ring were also a distraction and the fight plan did not go the way the team wanted - although Haye is keen to stress in a number of media interviews, Klitschko deservedly won the fight as a sign of a true champion is one in which takes the rough with the smooth and still comes out the victor. 

The aftermath to  the big fight is what's next for both fighters - There is conflicting talk of a rematch, then there is a possibility Klitschko may want to meet the winner of Chisora/Fury or look elsewhere for a possible European challenger to his belts. 

As for The Hayemaker, he will depart on a much needed holiday where he will get the time and space to ponder his next move.  Haye has already stated he would jump at the chance of a rematch with Klitschko, if this does not happen he has indicated he will keep to his plans of retirement on his 31st birthday.            

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