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Editor's Viewpoint: Giantkiller David

Published 09/11/2009 | 11:41

Giantkiller David Everyone loves to see the underdog who triumphs, and millions of people will be glad the veritable David has beaten Goliath for the heavyweight boxing championship of the world.

Few thought that the British boxer David Haye had any chance against the giant Russian Nikolay Valuev, particularly as he was conceding seven stones and nine inches of reach to the bigger man. However, just as the Biblical David used great skill to defeat Goliath, the British man boxed cleverly to stay out largely of the Russian’s reach and to score as many points as he could. It may not have been an exhibition for the purists, but in the world heavyweight boxing, a win is still a win. Many people who would not recognise a jab from a left hook were interested in this fight simply because a win for the smaller man seemed totally out of the question. The outcome of the context also confounded the boxing truism that “a good big ’un always beats a good little ’un.”

In this case the better man won, and David Haye is indeed a worthy champion.

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