The End of “The Quiet Man”? Maybe.
December 17, 2009
It’s been a big 2009 for David Haye (23-1, 21 KO), the Bermondsey fighter has taken the WBA Heavyweight title off Nicolai Valuev, pulled out of a mega fight deal with the Klitschko Brothers and failed to win BBC Sports Personality of the Year. Somewhere in all the insanity though, Haye needs to find time to fight arguably the most important man in his world, that being John “The Quiet Man” Ruiz (44-8-1, 30 KO).
Ruiz is a fighter for whom the word “Solid” could have been invented, he’s the archetypal “Jack Of All Trades”, he can bang a bit, he’s got a decent enough chin and his movement is fairly average for a guy of his size. I mean, he didn’t manage to lay a single glove on Roy Jones Junior during their bout in 2003, but he did get a decision over Evander Holyfield waaaaaay back in 2001. So let’s be fair to Ruiz, within that rather dour exterior, there lies a half decent boxer, certainly not the pushover that Haye’s fans are expecting him to be.
And here lies the only real banana skin as far as Haye is concerned, he needs to approach this mandatory fight with Ruiz with the same professional outlook as he had during the Valuev fight. If he steps into the ring with one eye on the Klitschkos, he could find himself on the wrong end of a KO. And why not? No matter how you look at it, Ruiz brings a wealth of experience into the ring with him, something that Haye lacks at the moment. What we’ll have is one young Heavyweight Champ with something to prove, going up against a grizzled old pro, desperate to get back on top. Ruiz has fought at the highest levels of Heavyweight boxing against some of the biggest names, unfortunately that’s about the only thing Ruiz has in his favour.
Now following on from this, I’m going to make a prediction for the Haye/Ruiz fight. I predict a Haye KO around about round 7. Haye will be too fast and too strong for the Puerto Rican and I also predict that Haye will retire Ruiz. Yep, there’ll be no more chances for Ruiz after this one.