Former undisputed world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis has told David Haye anything other than a knock out against Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg, Germany on Saturday night will not be enough to give him victory.
Lewis went so far as to say there is "no way" the judges will award him a points win in, Klitschko’s adopted country of Germany.
Germany, like many countries when they defend their titles at home, have in the past been on the right side of questionable judging decisions. That said, Haye has always insisted the judges will not be needed.
"He’s got to knock him out," insisted Lewis. "When you go into the other guy’s backyard you cannot hope to win on points.
"I saw that myself against Evander Holyfield. I beat him but after the fight people were saying ’why didn’t you knock him out?’ and I was saying ’dude, did enough, I didn’t have to knock him out!’.
"I don’t see him(Haye) winning on points. There is no way. It’s such a big uphill battle.
"I commentated on Matthew Macklin against Felix Sturm(last weekend) in Cologne and it was disgraceful. It was so bad.
"Sturm’s demeanour was like he was saying to Macklin ’what are you doing, you’re not going to win anyway!’.
Lewis added: "I don’t know how you could give Felix Sturm eight rounds. I’m watching the fight and Macklin’s punch count is triple Sturm’s in every round. Yet they didn’t give it to him.
"As soon as that happened I thought about David and said ’dude, you’re coming over to fight in the other guy’s backyard? They’re not going to give it to you. He has to use his speed. If David is 100 per cent he should win."
June 30, 2011