When I sat down last night after I finally got home, I could quite easily have posted here about what a f$*king awful day it was. The crown on top of the steaming turd-pile of a day was the rubbish return to BJJ in the evening, but that’s more stuff for me to reflect on. However this isn’t Livejournal, and I’m not a fifteen year old self-obsessed emo kid, so I’ll leave it there.
This weekend I’m watching the boxing match I’ve been looking forward to more than any other for a long time; Haye v Valuev. I’ve followed and been a fan of David Haye for a long time now, I remember watching his early fights at lower weights and being impressed not only at the power in his punches, but also his intelligence. I don’t mean intelligence in a ringcraft manner either, I’m talking about listening to him in interviews. If you ever listen to a boxer, especially in a post-fight interview, it’s very easy to get an idea of which are their thoughts, and which are the things they’ve been coached to regurgitate. A lot of people have given Haye some stick for the way he’s carried on before this fight (and the cancelled Klitschko one before it), where he’s been talking a lot of trash about his opponents and been doing his level best to get under their skin, but I like him for it.
I’m a big fan of the guy, and I know he’s got the skills and ability to back it all up. It’s been a long time since the Heavyweight division has had any kind of character or excitement in it, and for me it’s breathing some much-needed life back into it. For years now it’s just been boxers from the ex-Soviet states holding all four of the belts (Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko, Chagaev, Valuev, Ibragimov), and the big money and big showcase fights typically come when the Americans are involved. They’ve only had champions at Heavyweight three times since 2005, and even then it was ‘smaller’ names (hands up if you remember Lamon Brewster). America needs some big name heavywieghts again, if not for the main fans of boxing, then for the general public to drive up the excitement again. We need more Evander Holyfields, Riddick Bowes and Mike Tysons.
Until that happens though, David Haye is our best bet for some entertainment and spectacle, the way Heavyweight boxing should be. Britain needs it too. Bonus points for anyone who can name the last British heavyweight champion before Lennox Lewis without looking it up? It was in 1999 if that helps, that’s a long time. So bring it on Valuev, proper David v Goliath action, a few beers with friends and a return to showtime boxing. Prove me right David.