David Haye, the outspoken heavyweight had some views to express this past weekend on the heavyweight division. Haye who talked to ThaBoxingVoice.com during the Mayweather vs. Maidana II fight week spoke upon his views of sparring sessions and the stories you hear leaking from his camps. “You got headgear and big gloves, you can’t look too much into a sparring session.” Haye explained.
Haye would further this point with the following statement “There were guys I could of done terrible with in sparring, I could of gotten knocked out in sparring, but when it comes time to fight with the ten ounce gloves and the big lights come on, it’s different.” Haye said all of this in the context of one man, a man who is the Paul Bunyan of heavyweight boxers right now, Deontay Wilder, who is an undefeated heavyweight with all of his wins coming by way of knockout.
“I rate Wilder [highly], he has good speed, a lovely jab, a big right hand. I think with just those alone and with his speed and his right hand [are] enough to beat 90% of the heavyweights in the division,” Haye said speaking praises of the American heavyweight. “A lot of guys are overweight, they could lose 20 to 30 pounds, and he is obviously not one of them.”
As for Haye’s fellow countryman, David Price, who suffered two back to back loses to Tony Thompson last year, Haye was hopeful with reservation. “I hope so, [Price] is a really nice guy. He should beat a fighter of Thompson’s caliber,” Haye explained. It was the sentiment that Haye felt that if Price was the future of UK heavyweight boxing and he lost a fight so early on, he holds doubts as to whether Price can become what he was originally thought to be.
“If [Price] could translate what he does in sparring into the fight,” Haye summarized as he nodded his head made a facial expression to explain to those in attendance that he felt the problems maybe mental or in training without the verbal confirmation.
As for Haye’s career, he hopes to return this year, but has no answer as to a foe, a date or anything related to having a fight signed. “I am working on that daily and should have an announcement soon.” Haye lost fought Dereck Chisora in the summer of 2012 in which he stopped Chisora in the 5th round.