Originally Posted by A_Lexus
What do people here think of this guy? Watching him beat Chisora, I was struck by how skinny his legs appear and the mediocre way in which he fights. He's not very talented, and in another era, he would be just another Larry Donald with a slightly heavier punch. I have never been impressed with his opposition, and I think that Wladimir Klitschko exposed him as a fraud with a big mouth. He's just an oddball British fighter who looks better than he is against fighters who are a bigger bum than he is.
Not impressed with David Haye. He's obviously looking for another big payday after being exposed.
I disagree to a large extent.
Haye has fast hands, and excellent power. Not only that, but he consistently gives up a great deal of weight in contrast to his opponents. Once, he was even outweighed by 100 lbs.
He is a throwback fighter in that regard. He's not afraid to fight, despite the weight. He doesn't make any excuses, like so many other fighters that are quick to profess their greatness, but sometimes won't fight people in the same weightclass that they have a title.
If you watched him vs Wladimir Klitschko, his defensive ability on the outside is undeniable. Rarely did Wlad, who is a very accurate puncher in his own right, land any clean shots.
What impressed me against Chisora is that Haye beat him on the inside. He improved noticably since his last fight when he delivered an unprepared performance against Wlad, where he underestimated his footwork, handspeed, and control of distance.
Haye looked like an oldschool fighter in there with Chisora. He was rolling similiar to guys like Marciano, Dempsey, and Frazier used to do. He would keep his head unprotected at times, and he could still make improvements, but I thought he improved substantially and he got the job done with an exciting KO peformance.
While he may not be the best heavyweight, he is easily the most exciting. He is undersized comparitively speaking, and that could potentially be a liability, but as Chisora found out the hard way, Haye can punch.
And if anybody thinks differently, and that they can rush him, they are going to find out the hardway that Haye can hurt them, and his hands are faster than theirs.
If he manages to land a fight with Vitali, and beat him, I wouldn't mind seeing him in there against Wladimir again. Hopefully, he'll manage to get inside, and do some work on the inside considering his gameplan last time didn't work.
At the same time, he knows he can survive if he has to against Wlad, which has to have some positive affect on his confidence. Afterall, Wlad is only human.