By William L. Perez
I don’t know about you, but enough is enough!
David Haye is a former cruiserweight division champion with only four fights in the heavyweight division and after all the big talk about how good he is compared to the others, is talking retirement.
Noteworthy question: who would retire soon after gaining the Heavyweight Championship belt without being injured or being too old for the sport? After all, he is only 30. The British boxer is best known for his disrespectful antics and ability to avoid having to climb in a ring with either of the Klitschko brothers. The Klitschkos are two brothers who currently hold the other Heavyweight Championship belts in absolute dominating fashion. Youtube still has videos of the Klitschko/Haye confrontation, fight press conference, fight promotions, etc. Haye got publicity for but never fought in. He showed up for the promotions but not the fights. His propensity to use the Klitschko name to gain self recognition while successfully avoiding any actual fight is a disgrace to the sport. And this writer is of the opinion that the governing bodies of the sport should intervene to prevent Haye from fighting insignificant matches if he stays in the sport.
Haye has been taking advantage of boxing fans long enough. I feel badly for the good British boxing fans that were swindled out of real money and time on a fight that the rest of the world suspected was likely a hoax planned by two friends to line their own pockets with millions without concern or respect for others. The government with jurisdiction should have investigated the Haye/Harrison fraud that took place. The good people couldn’t believe two of their own could swindle them. But David put on a safe, short little show in what most people around the world are convinced was a fake boxing match. Haye could have fought Ruslan Chagaev. The current mandatory that may not be permitted to fight in England but can fight for the title in Germany. The WBA is a world organization and therefore can sanction the fight outside of England. We all know Wladimir fought him in Germany without excuses. But I suspect David Haye will avoid this fight as well and try to line somebody up who is damaged goods or demonstrated some kind of physical or mental weakness in the recent past.
The WBA should order Haye to fight a Unification fight or strip the belt and hand it over to a more courageous fighter willing to fight other champions in real contests. A small leak can sink a large ship. And David Haye is a leak in the credibility of boxing. Let’s plug that leak and move on. The beginning is the most important part of the work.
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