Haye v Harrison.
October 20, 2010
Been a while since my last boxing entry, let’s kick off with a few thoughts about the upcoming bout between Audley Harrison (27-4, 20KO) and David Haye (24-1, 22KO).
In the biggest all British fight since Lewis v Bruno in 1993, not many people have given the Olympic Super Heavyweight Champion that much of a chance beyond that of the puncher. The general consensus is that Haye is too quick, too strong and too damn good looking to have that much of a problem dealing with Southpaw Londoner.
I tend to agree to a point.
Haye is the superior fighter; he’s fought the (arguably) tougher fighters and will have the backing of the crowd when he takes on Harrison on November 13th at the MEN in Manchester. But let’s be real, who has Haye fought of any real note in the Heavyweight division? Nicolai Valuev (50-2, 34KO)? John Ruiz (44-9, 30KO)? He pulled out of the deal to fight the Klitschko Brothers, who would surely have given him a thorough hiding, citing a shonky back and seems to have been quietly avoiding meeting up with them ever since. I don’t know, maybe he intends to “wait” the Klitschkos out, Vitali is 39 years old and Wladimir is 34, but I strongly suspect that even when Vitali turns 40, he’ll still be able to spark Haye out fairly easily.
This could be an interesting fight for a couple of reasons.
Believe it or not, it’s actually Harrison who has the momentum, having won his last four fights, including a dramatic 12th round KO of Michael Sprott (35-15, 17 KO) to win the EBU European Heavyweight Championship and his being victorious in the “Prizefighter” tournament held last year. Haye, by comparison, hasn’t fought since the 3rd April and has only fought 3 times at Heavyweight since beating Enzo Macarinelli (32-5, 25KO) way back on the 8th March 2008.
Let’s also consider the physical, Haye stands at 6’3’’ with a reach of 78’’, no small man by any means. Harrison though stands at 6’5’’ with a reach of 86’’, Harrison normally also weighs in at 116 kg with Haye coming in at a comparatively svelte 95 kg, over 20kg difference between the two. Rest assured, if Harrison catches Haye, Haye is going to struggle to get to his feet.
And this is what makes the fight interesting, both fighters are a bit “chinny” and Haye likes to throw bombs. He’ll be looking to take out Harrison early (primarily to impress the Klitschko brothers and demonstrate that he’s still a major name) while Harrison will be fighting in the biggest bout of his career. Harrison’s always had the tools, nows the time for the Olympic champion to do the business.
Haye v Harrison, it’ll be interesting, but don’t expect it to go the distance.
Prediction: Haye KO, Round 5