Hey Folks! I thought I would post something about the up coming British superfight between David Haye and John Ruiz, because I for one am VERY excited about it! I will be travelling up to Manchester to watch it and would love nothing more then a Haye KO, but part of me feels like it's going to be harder then many people are thinking....I hope im proved wrong on this occasion. I do think Haye will win, and probably by KO between 3rd-7th rounds, but I think it will get much more dangerous for him in the later rounds if he doesn't get Ruiz out of there beforehand. Ruiz' resume has got far more world class opponents on it then Haye's and he's got much more 12 round fighting experience. He could wear Haye down if he manages nullify his attack and gets close to Haye. I think the key for Haye in this fight, like against Valuev, will still be his speed and footwork. His footwork and speed will get him into ideal positions to throw his trademaker shots, and John Ruiz will be easier to hit then the 7 foot giant! I think Haye's got the skills and ability to do it if he focuses early on. What dya guys think?
To say Lennox Lewis has a glass jaw is a bit of a joke. True in his 2 losses he got knocked out, but apart from that I don't remember him getting put down apart from his two losses, which he obviously then went on to redeem by KO. In boxing, but most apparent heavyweight boxing, one clean punch from an 18stone man on the whiskers can knock most fighters out.
In regard to the Klitschko fight, an old Lewis took all of Vitali's clean shots and Vitali had something like 35/36 wins by KO, the highest KO ratio out there!
Khan does have a bit of a dodgy chin though, and also David Haye...although it remains to be clearly clarified whether he will be able to take a punch when hes not struggling to make weight. Diego Corrales (RIP) had a suspect chin also which made him such an exciting fighter.
David Tua, Shane Mosley, Mickey Ward and Evander Holyfield had awesome jaw bones.
I also think that this one is a very difficult pick, and I certaintly won't be betting anything on the result! If, and it is a big IF Pacquiao can hurt Hatton and IF Pacquiao doesn't get hit hard in the process it will be an easy and short night for 'Pacman'. After all the 'Pacman' is naturally more technically gifted, is faster and has better footwork. However, i'm not sure this is enough.
This is why. 1) Hatton is a natural 140lb'er, never beaten at the weight, and physically dominated nearly all of his opponents - even Tszyu was dominated and he was seen as a monster at the weight. Pacman has only fought once at lightweight, and once above - in a fight against a wilted DeLa Hoya. He is used to fighting much smaller, weaker guys. Can he hurt Hatton, and can he take a Hatton punch?! 2) Pacman's footwork is excellent, but Hatton is very good as closing off the ring as well as approaching with angles and jabs, having Mayweather Snr in his corner will only help to compose his approach, meaning he will be less suceptible to taking shots on the way in, although inevitably he will do. 3) Hatton body shots. Hatton's body shots have put down seasoned 140lb'ers, if he lands cleanly on Pacquiao's body, can his body take the power? No doubt he will be immensely conditioned, but there is only so far conditioning will prepare a fighter for Hattons body shots. 4) Hattons straight right hand lead. I think this will be the key punch to a Hatton victory. Manny Pacquaio has a devastating left hand, but Hatton's straight right has been a key punch througout his career and if he can use this punch effectively I can see him doing very well in this fight.
Well, that is my thoughts. I am still not going to make an outright prediction. I am a Hatton fan, but love the Pacman's style just as much! My questions surrounding the fight are these:
Can Pacquaio hurt Hatton? Can Pacquaio take a Hatton punch, head and body? Can Hatton close him down well enough to land sufficient punches? Will Hatton's susceptibility to getting cuts affect the fight?
Cheers for your comments, however I am not too sure that Pacquiao can hurt Hatton sufficiently. I watched him out class Dela Hoya, but I think that too much may be made of that win, does anyone else agree?
Hatton is a BEAST at 140, is suprisingly quick and has more power then Pacquiao has ever faced (albeit Dela Hoya would have had more in his prime). I don't think Hatton will get stopped by KO, only by cuts if at all. Pacquiao's speed will be a huge factor, but he is nowhere near as good defensively as Mayweather so he will be considerably easier to hit I believe. I think the early rounds will go Pacquiao's way, but I once I see Ricky landing some shots, I can definately see him hurting Pacquiao and if he can make it into a brawl (Pacquiao is known for it) then I can see him doing a lot of damage. I think a lot will depend on if Hatton gets frustrated like he did against Floyd and abandon the game plan. Under Mayweather Snr I think that is much less likely, and his tactics will be a lot better this time around. It will be interesting to see Pacquiao fighting at 140 against a fighter perfect for that weight, if his power carries and if he can take a shot, he didnt take a decent shot against a shell of an Oscar D!
All being said, this could be my "Hatton Heart" ruling my head, as I would love to see Hatton get to the very top and get the chance at Mayweather again, whatever the result. Peace.