A Broken Toe???

Sunday, 3 July 2011

Listening to David Haye's constant verbal demolition of Wladimir Klitschko began to rile me a bit. Hearing Haye tell us how much he disliked Wlad, refusing to shake his hand and ignoring his cheery welcome was just downright rude. But I stomached it knowing that Haye was cranking up the pressure and selling tickets for the unification of the WBA, WBO, IBO and IBF Heavyweight belts.

I've met David Haye and I coach the youths of Battersea in the Noble Art with a very good friend of his. Also, Haye boxed out of Fitzroy Lodge, a boxing club not far from Brixton where I boxed as a boy, so I feel a definite link with the now former WBA Heavyweight World Champion.

Despite my loyalty to David Haye I couldn't help developing a sneaking admiration for the big Ukranian. He offered his hand in every meeting with the South Londoner and then listened as Haye likened his accent to that of Sasha Baron Cohen's comedic creation Borat. Possibly ignorant of the fact that Wladimir was speaking in one of the five languages he's mastered.

But in boxing, the hardest of sports, it matters not how many languages you speak nor what inflection you employ to speak them. One's fists do the talking.

So I settled down last night to watch David Haye stomp all over 'the big robot' and teach him a masterful lesson in pugilism.

Oh, boy! What a disappointment.

David Haye was outclassed, outboxed and made to look very ordinary. Wladimir Klitschko proved beyond doubt that talk is very, very cheap.

After twelve one-sided rounds the Ukranian collected Haye's WBA belt (and, in his Borat voice, no doubt said thank you) to celebrate with his brother, Vitali, the WBC Heavyweight Champion. The brothers now own every version of the World Heavyweight title.

But what of David Haye? Well, he has claimed that a broken little toe was his undoing and even climbed upon the desk at the post fight press conference to show us his little piggy.

I must admit it did look sore and slightly swollen.

I wonder what my mate, Mark 'Drama Queen' Hamilton makes of that. A man that broke his ankle five miles into the West Highland Way Race in 2006 yet continued to run for another ninety miles to collect his finisher's goblet.

I wish I could type a bit more of this blog post but I stubbed my toe so I don't think I can. Instead I'm linking a video made about a man that might have made a very good boxer.

Mr Mark Hamilton.


ianbeattie1 said...

Superb post, Dave. One of your best. Couldn't agree more, and I don't know much about boxing.

Lee Maclean said...

Settling down with a nice cup of tea to watch that rather inspiring video.
David Haye is a nice guy, or so I thought. Last night he was pants and an ignoramus. Glad the Welshes paid the 15 bucks xxx

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Ali said...

Funnily enough I was thinking about DQ when I heard the broken toe excuse!!!!

Ali xxx

Mark said...

I know that it is part of boxing and psyching yourself up but I have never been a fan of bad mouthing the opponent. David Haye has behaved like a Premier League Footballer and not the Sportsman that I am sure he really is.

Thanks for adding to the viewing figures.

Dramatic of Ayr

Mike Reginald Mason said...

Good post Dave. Super to see Mark Hamilton in his luvvy acting capacity again. Still remember my wife asking Mark to kneel down as he was obstructing the view of the WHW Prize giving...could have been for Jez if my memory suits me well. Mark as ever a gentlemen did as asked even in pain. However, I suspect he was muttering vile invective under his breath....bless...

flanker said...

Couldn't agree more about Haye; he's lost all the respect I had for him. And thanks for linking the video - not seen it before. It's going to go into the 'kit bag' for next year when I need a pick-me-up.

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