Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 2 October 2014

Haye has beating of Vitali

David Haye's trainer Adam Booth believes he has identified how to beat Vitali Klitschko after the Ukrainian retained his WBC heavyweight title in Bern on Saturday night.

Klitschko produced a workmanlike performance to condemn the previously unbeaten Kevin Johnson to his first defeat with a unanimous points victory.

The American never found a way to deal with Klitschko's size, being forced on to the back foot from the very first round with Klitschko's long arms pushing Johnson onto the ropes.

Haye was scheduled to fight Vitali's brother Wladimir earlier this year but the Briton was forced to withdraw because of injury.

Instead his next bout saw him beat Nikolay Valuev last month to claim the WBA title and since then Haye has been calling for a meeting with Vitali.

Booth believes Haye has the beating of the 38-year-old and after watching Vitali’s display in Switzerland: “It was a typical Vitali performance.

“He does the same thing over and over again and everybody that he fights is unable to pose a question of his style.

“He plants his feet in range, uses his height to lean back out of the way of hitting coming back that may have substance on it and uses his strong arms to push so repetitively.

“He does the same thing every second of every round of every fight and it amazes me that these so-called elite heavyweights cannot figure out that there is a simple answer to that style to be able to land your punches.”

Klitschko declared himself ready to meet Haye, saying: “We have a dream and we will do our best to make our dream come true. Haye is a world champion trash talker. But if he fights one of us, he will lose."

“This will be very interesting to fight Haye but let's see what next year brings. Let's see, I am ready.

“Right now Haye will be fighting John Ruiz. I wish him luck and let's see.”

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