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Fight against Vitali Klitschko will define Hayes's career

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David Haye has come back out of retirement looking to work his way into a shot at a world title against one of the dominant Klitschko brothers. 

With Haye having already fought and lost to Wladimir it would appear that a shot at Vitali is the most realistic option. Vitali himself claims that he wants to fight Haye and do what his brother couldn't in terms of knocking him out.

There is an on going battle between Haye and the Klitschko's stemming from Haye's controversial posters of the Klitschko's decapitated heads. Haye's performance against Wladimir was disappointing and a man like Haye was never going to slip into retirement with a performance like that leaving a sour-taste.

Haye came back last year in a much publicised grudge match against fellow Brit Dereck Chisora. This fight was surrounded in controversy following the press conference brawl. Haye showed his skill, speed and power and knocked out Chisora in the fifth round. Chisora has a fantastic chin and took shots that would have knocked others out before he was taken out.

Following this Haye did much to try and improve his reputation following the Klitschko fight and press conference brawl including appearing on the reality TV show I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here. Haye was able to show that he is a nice guy with a great personality and raised his popularity again. This was a very clever move by Haye as it created a wider fan-base for both himself and the sport.

With Haye now set to face Tyson Fury in what will prove to be a battle of the boasters it could be said that the winner may well get a title shot. I see Haye coming through this fight with Fury and hopefully going on to face Vitali Klitschko.

Vitali holds a fantastic record of 45 wins and two losses. One of his losses was against a legend of the sport in Lennox Lewis in which many stated Lewis was lucky that Vitali suffered a bad cut and was withdrawn by the doctor. 

His other loss was against Chris Byrd in which Vitali was dominating the fight but had to withdraw with a shoulder injury. He was later diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff. These are two very unlucky defeats in an otherwise perfect career. Vitali is an intelligent, powerful boxer who looks to establish his jab and wear down opponents before destroying them with his vicious right hand.

At 6ft 7 Dr Ironfist is a big heavyweight who is very awkward to face. Like Wladimir he has faced criticism for being slightly boring but I think that history will be kind to both Klitschko's for dominating a division for so many years. 

Vitali, aged 41, now appears to be fading and was really pushed by Chisora. Chisora took Vitali to the distance of the full 12 rounds before Vitali came out on top via a point decision. 

As mentioned previously Haye knocked out Chisora in five rounds so many have made comparisons between the two based on that. It is difficult to make such comparisons as styles make fights. Different boxers are able to deal with other types of boxers better than some. 

A match between David and Vitali would go a long way to deciding the legacy of both fighters. Haye would look to use his speed to negate the jab of Vitali and work his way in and land some big shots. Haye is amazingly quick for a heavyweight and has great power for his size. 

He is small in physique for a heavyweight and can be made to look small by some other heavyweights. Vitali in contrast is a big man who would look to use his jab to keep Haye at distance and then look to knock him out later in the fight with his big right hands.

I would see this fight lasting a good few rounds and being tough for Haye to win due to the physical disadvantages that he has compared to Vitali. Despite this, Vitali would struggle to cope with Haye's speed and would be made to look very sluggish in comparison. It would be an intriguing match-up and would be a mega money fight.

Personally I can see a win for Haye. Now that Vitali is fading it could well be Haye's time to solidify his legacy as a two-time heavyweight champion and unified cruiserweight world champion. The favourite going into the fight would rightly be Vitali but Haye is more than capable of pulling off an upset and beating Vitali. 

Haye's combination of speed, technical ability and power could well be too much for an ageing Vitali to handle. Vitali would look to hold Haye and force Haye to hold his weight, which would tire him greatly. Vitali would look to implement his usual cagey style.

If I had to pick a winner, I would edge towards Haye purely due to the signs of ageing from Vitali in recent fights. It would be extremely tough and Haye would have to be patient and willing to leave everything in the ring. 

He would have to implement slightly more aggressive tactics than he did against Wladimir and would have to combine this aggression with clever boxing. If he could do this than Haye could foreseeably win the fight.

Whether this fight ever takes place is debatable with Vitali now heavily involved in politics in his native Ukraine. There have been suggestions that Vitali is looking to retire soon and if he would want to risk a fight with a very live opponent such as Haye is arguable. 

On the other hand Vitali is a very proud man who may well look at Haye as being the perfect send-off to a decorated career.The current WBC champion is the only man that can answer that question and time will tell but I sincerely hope that it does take place.

David Haye v Vitali Klitschko would be a huge fight for the British fans and lets all hope that it can take place.


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