I tried watching Epix’s feed from my hotel, but the hotel wi-fi wasn’t strong enough. I saw glimpses of the 3rd, 4th, and 5th rounds (including the odd end of the third where the round was stopped by the referee even though there were seconds still on the clock). What I could see in my brief watching is that David Haye was simply a better fighter than Dereck Chisora. Haye looked to be a class of talent higher. Here’s the a replay of the knockout:
It’s the biggest heavyweight fight in some time. It’s been a long time since anyone has really cared, outside of die-hard boxing fans, about a Klitschko fight. They had a fantastic Face-off HBO video with Max Kellerman that stirred some interest, but really, they should’ve done a countdown special. There’s magic in Haye.
Not too many people are giving Haye much of a chance. Unless this is his Michael Spinks vs. Larry Holmes, I’m not sure they should. If Haye fights smartly, he could extend this thing. If he tries to slug it out, it could be done early, though, Klitschko keeps people away from his chin. If he can touch it, he might be able to do some damage. I’m just not sure how he touches it.
David Haye vs. Wladimir Klitschko
Haye is figuring out how hard it’s going to be to hit Klitschko. The only thing that happened of note was that Haye lunged in and Klitschko hooked his head and caused him to fall. It wasn’t a knockdown.
Haye is trying to take a few chances, but they’re mostly with lunging shots that Klitschko sees from far away and he’s not really close to landing. Klitschko followed up with a short right hook/cross. Haye did land a nice jab. Haye looks a little uncomfortable in there.
Haye’s getting more confident as he lands more. It’s the best round so far. Both guys are more active and Haye’s success in that round started to bring out the best in Klitschko. In fact, I think Haye just won his first round. Continue reading
We are now only a matter of days away from the first big fight of the year where undefeated champions Timothy Bradley and Devon Alexander will face off in a light welterweight title unification match.
The folks at Gorilla Productions have put together another incredible video package highlighting some of the big fights in store for us in 2011. I’m sure I have said it before, but GP are the very best at this.