Whatup FightHype Community!!!
The following is my response (edited) and co-sign to a poster on another site. I'm posting it here first because I find the posters on the FH forums to be some of the most intelligent, rational thinking posters despite some 'front page' issues (Oops, didn't mean to have that one slip! LOL).
The upcoming David Have/Wladomir Klitschko bout has Clay/Liston implications written all over it!
What cannot be overlooked is, much like Clay, Haye is looked at primarily as a loud-mouthed pretty boy (No Homo) with little to no chance of beating a boxer who, much like Liston, is the most dominant heavyweight of a dark era besides his brother Vitali.
I'm sure there would be immediate, even raging responses calling this view absurd. And what may be misleading or blinding fans from of the similarities is the Legend that has become Muhammad Ali. Cassius Clay was not the star the Ali was and, at the time of his first bout with Liston, was viewed only as an entertaining boxer who was somewhat unknown to casual fans.
Now, while the abilities and/or skills between Haye/Clay & Vlad/Liston may not compare, the implications are strikingly similar as the outcome of the fight can and may very well change the direction of the HW division for the better IMO.
What do Y'all think?
1.Regarding that "staredown" Vlad gave Have after Max Kellerman mentioned the T-shirt incident... Is it me? Or to those who saw 'Rocky IV', did you feel an aura coming from Vlad that said "I must bddrreak you..."?
2.Don't care much for Larry Merchant, but he was SPOT ON during the Alexander/Mattyse postfight interview when Devon suggested he be given props for his effort and Larry says "Not by that much...".