Haye vs. Stiverne

By LEWIS CALVERT
@lewycalvert

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David Haye (26-2 26 KOs) vs. Bermane Stiverne (27-2-1, 21 KOs)

Like it or not David Haye is still the biggest name in British boxing for casual fans.

This no doubt due to his multiple television appearances over the past three years whilst not in the ring but that’s not to say he isn’t a good fighter anymore.

A fight with Bermane Stiverne would be a good chance to see where both boxer are currently at.

Haye will have some ring rust to shake off and Stiverne has a point to prove having had his head jabbed off by the 6ft 7in Deontay Wilder.

But “The Hayemaker” doesn’t have the reach Wilder has, so would have to use his quick, in-and-out style but just how quick he is at 34 years old remains to be answered.

Stiverne’s name holds some currency in America, admittedly because of Wilder and Haye will still have some kind of following over there as well, so the fight would do good numbers if it were to be broadcast on terrestrial television. It is these numbers boxing needs if the heavyweight division is to be as popular as it once was (then it needs the fighters it once had but that’s another story).

This would be an all or nothing fight in which a loss for either would be the end of their career and a win could catapult them into one last world title shot, possibly with a former foe.

Stiverne is basically Dereck Chisora 2.0 with all due respect and I see Haye winning this one if he can avoid getting hit.

They may not be regarded as world class fighters but with both boxers determined to put on a show and prove the doubters wrong it has the making of a very fascinating fight.

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