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  • on 01.07.2011
  • at 07:37 PM
  • by KT

David Haye v Wladimir Klitschko – Betting preview

Ever since David Haye landed the killer punch against giant Nikolai Valuev, he has had the Wladimir Klitschko fight in his sights.

On Saturday night the 30-year old WBA champion will eventually get his wish as the heavyweights will come together at the Imtech Arena in Hamburg, Germany.

Wladimir and his elder brother Vitali have dominated the division for the past decade. Vitali still holds the WBC belt and should Haye win this fight and want to go on and unify the division before retiring, he will need to take down not one but two Klitschkos on his way to doing so.

Although much of the pre-fight build-up is for TV and entertainment purposes only, there appears to be a genuine dislike between these two fighters. Much has been made about the referee, with Haye’s trainer, Adam Booth, being openly unhappy with the appointment in this week’s press.

Haye hasn’t lost a fight since he was stopped by Carl Thompson in 2004, winning all 14 fights since, although this is his toughest test yet.

In terms of physical attributes Klitschko boast and extra 3.5 inches in height and 2 stone in weight. He will utilise his jab from distance in the hope of keeping his opponent at bay. It’s worth noting that Klitschko has stopped nine of his last 10 opponents and it would be wrong to question his power.

Whilst Klitschko will rely on his jab and pure brute strength, Haye will have to opt for a completley different tactic. The Hayemaker has the speed and agility to avoid the big Ukranian, but 2 or 3 big landed punches and Haye’s night, and career, could be over.

Much of Haye’s victory over Valuev must be accredited to the plan of master tactician Adam Booth, and his knowledge and experience will be tested once again this weekend. Haye certainly has power in abundance too, but if he is to triumph in this fight he will need to consistenly duck and dodge his way around Klitschko’s jab. If he does so this will allow him to get close enough to do damage and claim that KO that he has talked up so much in recent weeks.

Either way we think that both fighters will be cagey in the early rounds and the fight may not show much sign of life until around the 4th or 5th Round.

Although Klitschko is the bigger fighter, we fancy Haye to frustrate him by constanly being on the move, making him hard to hit. And with this tactic he may well win the first few rounds by default, forcing the Ukranian to come out and be more aggressive around the half-way stage. This should suit Haye being the quicker, younger fighter, and given the chance we fully exect him to exploit the gaps in Klitschko’s armour.

With that we fancy Haye to win the fight by TKO in the later rounds.

Good luck with your bets and enjoy the fight!

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