As the referee’s hands waved to signal the end of Dereck Chisora’s tame effort against David Haye last Saturday, talk quickly turned to the renewed fortunes of a fighter who’s spent the last year being the butt of toe jokes and insulting nicknames (ie. “salesman”).
The Hayemaker not only outclassed Chisora, but he delivered the definitive KO that alluded rival Vitali Klitschko, who defeated Chisora by unanimous decision in a fight that saw Vitali at times clearly winded and bothered by Chisora’s pressure.
Team Klitschko is claiming they’re not worried about Haye, but I have a hard time seeing Vitali turning this one down. The older Klitschko brother is a proud man and I’m sure he’d rather end his career seeing a battered Haye at his feet than that of Manuel Carr, his next opponent. I’m sure he gained a measure of satisfaction seeing his brother defeat Haye last year, but a knockout or one-sided beating will be the only thing to effectively shut Haye up.
And let’s real; the payday would be enormous. The type of money that ensures it would likely be the last time we’d see Haye or Vitali in the ring.
Even with Vitali’s political aspirations (Kiev elections are scheduled for October), this fight will happen by mid 2013. Haye wins and he completely redeeems himself from his disappointing performance against Wladimir. Vitali wins and he closes his career with a solid opponent (Manuel Charr IS NOT that).
As to who will win, even at 40 years old with clear signs of fading, Vitali Klitschko is tough task for Haye. It’ll likely resemble the lumbering chess match that was Haye-Valuev.
Let’s hear it. Do you want to see Vitali Klitschko vs. David Haye? And if so, who takes it?