Anyone expecting to see a brawl between Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye for the WBA heavyweight title today walked away disappointed while Klitschko easily walked away with another belt.
Haye, who hyped up the fight with a little help from the T-shirt shown on the right, was outscored on every judge’s card in the lopsided unanimous decision with the official results coming in 118-108, 117-109 and 116-110.
With the win, Klitschko improved his record to 56-3, 49Kos while Haye dropped to 25-2 with 23 Kos. Klitschko also extended his consecutive win streak to 14 fights and improved his record in title fights to 17-2.
As expected, the much taller Klitschko came out trying to establish his dominating jab. Early in that same first round, Haye fell to the canvas in an obvious slip and continued that scenario several times during the fight. Haye remained on the defensive for a majority of the fight with Klitschko appearing to outpunch the Brit in most every round.
By late in the fight it was obvious Haye needed a knockout to win. Especially after hitting the mat in the 11th round, triggering a count from referee Genaro Rodriguez and dropping even further behind in the fight.
That said, Haye came out in the final round and was able to land a solid right hand that appeared to stun Klitschko. When you’ve waltzed in the ring almost 60 times at a professional level, you learn how to win and Klitschko did just that by holding on to avoid any further damage before regrouping and returning several shots of his own.
After Haye’s excessive trash-talking leading up to the fight, the brawl many were hoping for turned into a one-sided affair and another easy title win for the champion Klitschko. Hopefully for fight fans the Mayweather Jr. vs. Ortiz fight will provide a much better competition.
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Jay Donetelli is a Tampa-based freelance sportswriter and contributor to Sports Climax. With an opinion sharper than an Ovechkin skate blade with the sting of an Ali jab, Donetelli has a loyal cult of readers who have found a way to love him.
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