How bad for the heavyweight division was Wladimir Klitschko’s one-sided win over David Haye on Saturday? Let’s just say sports fans, particularly the casual sort, won’t be tuning into any over-hyped heavyweight bouts anytime soon.
Haye was supposed to be the breath of fresh air injected into a division that hasn’t had anyone to write home about since the 1990s. Haye turned out to be all talk and no action, literally. He talked for three years about how he would embarrass both Klitschkos.
Haye was thoroughly dominated on Saturday’s bout. He looked scared to mix it up and had the gall to blame the loss on a broken toe. This isn't the first time Haye has embarrased himself. People forget he pulled out of previous bouts against both Klitschkos.
With Haye, the only fighter in the division most thought could challenge either Klitschko, gone, there’s not much left to get excited about. The only two legitimate heavyweights with a prayer of derailing the Klitschko dominance of the division are Tomasz Adamek (44-1) and possibly Alexander Povetkin (21-0).
Adamek will get a chance on September 10 when he faces Vitali Klitschko in Poland. Povetkin, considered a rising star a few years ago, actually turned down a bout with Wladimir Klitschko, which included a $2-million payday last year. An Olympic gold medalist, many have questioned whether Povetkin even has the drive to become a great heavyweight.
The rest of the potential contenders –Ruslan Chagaev, Tony Thompson– aren’t really worth mentioning, because Wladimir Klitschko has already beaten both. There has been talk of Cristobal Arreola (32-2) having the ability, but he’s a long way down on the mandatory list and wouldn’t get an opportunity anytime soon unless one of the Klitschko’s relinquished their belts. That is definitely not happening.
For anyone who thought there were slim pickings before the Klitschko-Haye fight, it just got worse. And there's no reason to believe anything will get better anytime soon.