UK Middleweight boxer Deano Gillen gives his thoughts on David Haye’s comeback fight next week in London against Mark de Mori, which will be shown live on free to air Channel Dave.
Hayemaker back in the heavyweight mix
David Haye is due to make his highly-anticipated return to the ring on 16th January after three-and-a-half-years out, following multiple injuries and operations.
Having in excess of a year out of the ring is deemed to be too long by fellow retired world champion, Carl Froch who is also interested to see how The Hayemaker performs on his return, like most of us are. I think the Cobra’s thoughts mirror the rest of the Nation’s and I know they echo mine.
British boxing is booming right now and it would be blooming brilliant if Haye could return to form, his explosive style certainly encompasses the entertainment factor for fans.
Haye’s opponent has been hand-picked for his return and Mark de Mori is the man they have targeted. In all honesty, I had never heard of him prior to being linked to Haye’s comeback.
The Aussie has a decent record of 30(26)-1-2, and hasn’t lost for over a decade but none of the victims on his ledger are recognisable names so there’s no real gauge to his true level.
‘The Dominator’ stated himself:
“I’ve been brought here as the guy who’s supposed to make Haye look good and it’s up to me to change the script!”
This reminds me a little of when I faced Frank Warren’s latest Olympic signing, Vijender Singh, so part of me wants to back the underdog. I believed that I could beat Vijender, and still do, but it all came down to one punch on the night. So, I can see why de Mori believes he can beat Haye, but the Hayemaker doesn’t go by that alias for no good reason. One punch is all that’s needed in boxing, especially with the big boys!
Factors to consider
Travelling opponent, de Mori is naturally the bigger man and has never been stopped, so he’s tough, durable, and can punch a bit too.
Haye’s been out for so long but is opting to jump straight into a 12-rounder. This decision might prove costly for Haye if de Mori can push the pace and make him work in the early rounds. Should de Mori be able to pull those tactics off, he stands his best chance of winning in my opinion, which is by late stoppage, but only if Haye fatigues.
Having said that, Haye will be looking to move in and out with speed whilst landing big shots, as he has done so well throughout his entire career, always demonstrating incredible athleticism for a heavyweight.
So, an early stoppage win for Haye shouldn’t be ruled out and that result seems to be the popular consensus from what I have heard from many boxing fans.
If de Mori really is that durable and that trademark Hayemaker doesn’t have its usual impact then it could extend into the later rounds, and, so long as Haye manages to slip and slide whilst dictating the pace, then he could coast to a points win, but only if he has the fitness in the tank.
The main question that needs to be answered here is, ‘Is David Haye the same athlete that he once was?’ If the answer is ‘no’, then we will all be truly disappointed, and if the answer is ‘yes’, then we are all in for a treat for the remainder of the year with potential fights against Joshua, Fury, and Wilder on the cards.
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