The Wladimir Klitschko-David Haye bout, set for Saturday, is the most anticipated heavyweight fight since Lennox Lewis fought Vitali Klitschko in 2003. Here are some fight predictions.
Holt McCallany, actor and star of the FX series “Lights Out” – David Haye has talked a lot of trash leading up to this fight, but talk is cheap, and when he finds himself face to face tomorrow night with Wladimir Klitschko he won't be able to talk his way out. David Haye will be knocked out inside seven rounds.
Greg Logan, Newsday – This is just a hunch, but having seen them together, I know Wladimir Klitschko has a burning desire to knock David Haye out. Haye has promised to start fast and try to land some bombs. He says he doesn't plan to eat Klitschko's jab. He definitely has the speed and athleticism to not only cause major problems but pull off the upset. However, Klitschko weighed in at 242, indicating he's fit and ready to cope with Haye's speed, and if he connects, there will be vengeance in the punch. I'm looking forward to a wild fight for as long as it lasts. Klitschko KO 5.
Bobby Cassidy, Newsday – Depending on who you listen to, the difference in this fight is either speed or size. Klitschko's size against Haye's speed. Haye has fought big men in Monte Barrett, Audley Harrison and, of course, Nikolay Valuev. And Klitschko has fought faster fighters in Chris Byrd and Eddie Chambers. However, the quality of the big men that Haye has fought does not stack up to Klitschko. And the quick-fisted fighters that Klitschko fought were not very successful. That tips the scales in favor of Klitschko. Plus, for a big man, Klitschko has pretty good hand speed. All that equals a 10th-round TKO for Klitschko
Marcus Henry, Newsday – Both fighters will be tested in this one. We’ve yet to see David Haye fight an athletic big man like Wladimir Klitschko and we haven’t seen Klitschko fight a small heavyweight with the power of Haye. That notwithstanding, Klitschko’s list of opponents far outweighs Haye’s as far as quality is concerned. That, plus the enormous pressure of backing up his talk, will make things that much tougher on Haye. Klitschko wins by KO in the middle rounds.