Sunday, June 15, 2008

Nigel Benn Says Haye KO's Klitschko

In an recent interview former WBC super-middleweight champion Nigel Benn has stated that he believes former cruiserweight star turned heavyweight, David Haye, would knock out Wladimir Klitschko if they were to meet. David Haye has recently crashed the WBC top 10 rankings at #5 and has been calling out Wladimir Klitschko for awhile now. Here's more of what Nigel Benn had to say:

"You can see Haye will be a fast and powerful heavyweight. If he gets to fight Wladimir Klitschko I think he'll stop him. I don't think the Ukrainian can cope if he takes a shot."

"If you watch him (Klitschko), he keeps powering out his jab, powering out his jab and only moves in if he feels his opponent wobble. But if he takes a good shot he retreats back into his shell. Haye can deliver that shot."

"Mentally, Haye has got it too. He's proved that in his career so far. You've got to look at the defeat he had against Carl Thompson where he bounced right back up again - he can deal with the knocks."

"Haye can do it, but there will be distractions. I've said to him: 'Keep your feet firmly on the ground mate, don't get sidetracked by all the fame and fortune. Learn from my mistakes. There'll be women throwing themselves at you, there's the cars, the clubbing, all of that. But keep your feet on the ground. Stick with your guns and you could do really well in boxing. Do not get carried away. I'm talking through experience."

I'm glad Nigel is supporting boxers from his home country, but I think its a little too early to see how good Haye is at heavyweight. If you say someone can KO Wladimir Klitschko, that's basically the same thing as saying Haye is the best at heavyweight. I wouldn't go there quite yet. Lets see him get by a decent heavyweight 1st. According to recent reports, Haye might face the winner of the Rahman/Toney II matchup coming up on July 16th. If he gets by either of them with ease Nigel Benn might have a stronger case for his recent statements. But even if David does beat the winner of Toney/Rahman convicingly I still wouldn't put my money on Haye to win over Wlad.


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