By Tom Donelson
( Member of Boxing Writers Association and International Boxing Research Organization )
It was suppose to be the big heavyweight fight of the past decade and the big test for Wladimir Klitschko over the past seven years. Instead, the fight ended with a whimper with little action and only in the first minute of the last round did one see any excitement or doubts about who will win. For the most part, it was classic Klitschko; reduce his opponent to survival mode.
The opening round set the pace for most of the fight as David Haye looked to maneuver for a big blow while Wladimir Klitschko used his jab to control the real estate. Haye biggest problem was his inability to penetrate Klitschko’s defenses and his failure to use his own quick hands to jab his way inside; instead he leaped in with punches.
On occasions, he landed his overhand right enough times to produce a welt under Vladimir Klitschko’s left eye but he threw half as many punches and connected on half as many punches. During the second half of the fight, Haye became less active and while Klitschko lost a point for pushing Haye down, Haye flopped in order to get another point deduction. The referee even counted Haye for an eight count after Haye flopped in the eleventh round. The referee got tired of Haye’s tactic and figure that one way to get his attention was to deduct a point and let the record show he was knocked down.
There was only three rounds in the fight had any serious competition, the third round in which Haye showed some rhythm and connected on some solid rights and the fourth round in which Haye actually connected on more punches for the only round in the fight.