Discussion in 'All Other Sports' started by Cymro, Apr 4, 2010.
Listening to Haye in an interview, for once it seems a boxer actually has a couple of brain cells to rub together. Which does beg the question "So why the bloody hell kis he a boxer"?
Anyhew, does this mean he's the next Lennox Lewis or more a Frank Bruno?
I'd like to see David Tua get a shot from a New Zealander's perspective however I very much doubt he'll be able to win considering how average he was against Friday. Would be interesting to see if Tua could get knocked out though. It'd be better however for Tua to face Haye then the tall Russians as reach would be a serious problem for Tua. That being said there are 33 contenders ahead of him in the rankings sooo...
Haye has said he wants to retire soon, when he is 31 (29 now), and targets he has four fights left. Next up are one of Vitali Klitschko or Wladimir Klitschko as he wants to unify the division.
Even if he defeats both Klitschkos, Haye will never go down as an all time legend. The best of his generation certainly, which is the utmost he can achieve, but its a generation that has been devoid of any real stars since Lewis, Holyfield, Rahman and Tyson all quit. The heavyweight division is full of alsorans at the moment.
If Haye loses to one Klitschko, his heayweight career is effectively over as well. He moved up from being the world's best light heavyweight, and the only place a boxer of that calibre belongs is at the top. After defeat, there's no point in continuing - look at Ricky Hatton.
So, ideally for him, he'll fight Wladimir and win 2 more belts in the autumn. He can then wrap up the heavyweight division in spring by beating Vitali. He'll then have a defence against the no 1 contender in autumn 2011, and if he wins that, its hard to see why he would need to continue boxing unless an amazing threat emerges in the next 2 years. After all, he would already have beaten everyone worth fighting in the division, and could retire knowing he's done all he can.
Alternatively, he could do what Calzaghe did and keep going for years, defeating everyone who thought they were good enough to have a go.
Hopkins is mouthing off about a fight. For me Haye should concentrate on the Klitschko's, unify the division and retire.
Well the thing is, if he is able to beat the Klitschko brothers and unifies the championship, and then continues winning I don't see why he can't go down as an all time great. Also, it'd be a shame if he retires as I'm sure he could continue for quite a few more years and make alot of $$$ in the process.
maybe he's just waiting for Vitali to retire and then fight for the vacant belt. vitali's 38 so he's bound to retire in the next few years.
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