David Haye came back with a bang on Saturday as he destroyed Mark de Mori in London, while Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury traded insults in the States.
We’ll start with The Hayemaker, now what did we learn?
Aside from seeing he’s still got phenomenal punching power and his shoulder seems to be just fine not a lot. De Mori was in way, way, way over his head and offered almost nothing; the organisers might as well have just wandered into a bar and dragged out a big guy for Haye to knock about for two minutes for all that was worth.
Aside from the fact I had a last minute bet on a first round KO it was all a bit pointless but after a long hiatus Haye was always going to take on a lesser opponent, indeed tempting anyone half decent into the ring might have been a tough task for the former WBA champ.
The post-fight interviews, which lasted way longer than the actual bout, were a little more illuminating as Haye gave his thoughts on where he goes from here. The former cruiserweight king played down any hopes of a Fury clash and instead talked up a potential showdown with Anthony Joshua. If he does take on and beat Joshua an opportunity to line up a meeting with Fury could happen, there would be pressure for the current champ to take the fight despite the Gypsy King’s apparent reluctance.
But that’s all for the future. All the De Mori fight shows is Haye is back and after a few more fights will be a contender for a title shot.
Wilder & Fury
I’m not sure Deontay Wilder is particularly good technically but he does have some power in those arms and both of those thoughts were backed up in his win over Artur Szpilka. He laboured, and struggled at times, for much of the contest but came up with a hammer blow in the ninth to knock the challenger unconscious. Make no mistake, Wilder will only take on someone like Haye or Joshua if he is forced to; he isn’t going to face either of those guys by choice.
Fury is a different matter. The unbeaten American seems to think he can take Fury and maybe he can if he lands a big shot, add to that stepping into the ring with the Briton would be a unification fight and it becomes an irresistible draw for Wilder.
There is, however, the small matter of a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko ahead of Fury and a win for the Ukrainian could scupper any unification chances. Wilder was a quiet as a mouse with laryngitis when Dr Steelhammer held the belts and if Klitschko wins them back my guess is he’ll wait for him to retire rather than chase him.
Fury, somewhat predictably, managed to steal the headlines after the Wilder fight, at least on this side of the Atlantic. He stepped into the ring and had a little sing before the two champs had a war of words. Seemingly this fight will happen after Fury and Klitschko contest their rematch, if the former wins – which is no certainty.
There is also Charles Martin to consider after he won the vacant IBF title. Fury was harshly stripped of that strap as he couldn’t face mandatory challenger Vyacheslav Glazkov due to his rematch commitments. Glazkov had to retire in the third round due to a leg injury and will probably get another crack at Martin, the winner of that will then be a new big name in the heavyweight mix, simply on the basis of having a belt.
After a few fairly boring years the heavyweight division has finally got a little more interesting, and now Haye can join the likes of Fury, Wilder, perhaps Joshua, maybe Glazkov and a few others in trying to start a new rein of dominance, while Klitschko isn’t necessarily done yet either despite the fact he isn’t being mentioned by many. Good times all round really.