Stayed up late to see the Wladimir Klitschko V David Haye fight on Sat. Night. It was a good and a bad night for boxing the good thing was that Haye got a drubbing and the bad was that it reminded me that the heavyweight division is in a bad way, it has gone from being peopled with boxers like Frazier, Foreman, Quarry, Cooper, Lewis, Tyson and of course the man himself Ali. To impostors like Haye. This is not a criticism of Klitschko he is big and strong and clever enough to have made his living in the ring with those I have mentioned albeit with mixed fortunes but Haye is not. He represents showmanship over ability and he has taken that attitude to extremes, I hope we have seen the last of him, when Ali slighted opponents and sold out arenas all over the world we knew there was an element of comic farce in his antics, with Haye it is arrogance and sickening behaviour. He is as Terry Malloy (played by Marlon Brando) described himself in the movie "On the Waterfornt" 'a bum' and he did not deserve to be a 'contender' 7 heavyweight bouts he's had and had he won on Sat. night he would have been world champion what has this great sport become? he does not have the right to describe himself as a boxer, that name belongs to people like Manny Pacquao, Benny Lynch, Ali and Sugar Ray Robinson not a charlatan like Haye.
Haye comes from a bad tradition of people who will justify any kind of low behaviour by saying that he couldn't care less because he walked away from Sat. nights fight with millions of pounds when he should have done the right thing and given the crowd their money back, "he stank the place out" as old boxing aficionados used to say or as my Da. who loved boxing would say "that clown couldnae fight sleep" After all the swagger and vulgar bragging he had nothing to offer, he was like a rabbit caught in the headlights of the big Russian tank being driven by Klitschko who spent the whole night jabbing his huge fist into the dispirited face of Hayes, that's when he wasn't throwing him around the ring like a rag doll, a big mismatch and no mistake.
Boxing, particularly Heavyweight Boxing as I have said before needs an enema.