On Saturday in Hamburg, Germany David Haye and Wladimir Klitschko meet in the ring for the very first time. For years the heavyweight division has been dominated by one family name and that’s Klitschko. With the two best heavyweights in the world brothers, we the fans are deprived on finding out who the best fighter in the heavyweight division is and most importantly who is the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world.
This Saturday we the viewer , the fans, the true fans ( the Geno McGahee’s who buy Sherman Williams/Evander Holyfield pay per views get to watch this fight not on PPV, but on HBO.) For once we the fans win.
Over the years there have been challengers that have promised to destroy the Ukrainian brothers but have failed to deliver. The Klitschko brothers have been so dominant in that if an opponent goes the distance it’s considered newsworthy.
This Saturday we get an opponent that actually has a chance of beating Wladimir. His name is David Haye and he brings with him power and speed with athletic ability unheard of in today’s heavyweight division . He is what we in the press call a media darling in that he is a quote machine with always something interesting to say. He has the ability and the skills but can he deliver in his most important fight of his career?
Over the years I have grown fond of the Klitschkos but not their opponents. Through no fault of their own, the heavyweight division is a wasteland of wannabes, no hopers, pretenders and just plain out of shape fighters. This fight on Saturday no matter the result will shape the division over the next few years.
Here are two scenarios:
Wladimir Klitschko wins. If Klitschko wins than we have a division that has been cleaned out and a division with no contenders left because he has cleaned them out.
If David Haye wins we get to see him face brother Vitali in a fight that would break the bank like Evander Holyfield/Mike Tyson or Lennox Lewis. The news would bring the heavyweight division back to prominence in boxing circles and establish a boxing superstar in David Haye that would equal Manny Pacquiao. The point I’m trying to make is boxing wins if Haye wins and Klitschko loses.
For the future of the heavyweight division let’s hope this is a good fight!