Former trainer and long time friend of David Haye – Adam Booth has now given his take on what he saw this past weekend from his old fighter.
Booth and Haye famously unified the crusierweight division together and then went on to shock the world by defeating the giant Valuev to win the WBA heavyweight world title.
After many years together however the two decided to part ways a few years back, a reason never given, but an agreement understood to be an amicable one behind the scenes.
Since then Booth has always kept an eye on his old friend’s progress and this past weekend was no different – watching his old charge stopped once more by Tony Bellew.
Speaking to Sky Sports Booth said of the fight:
“In my opinion, he should have never been in there anyway and he shouldn’t even have been in there last year, but he was.”
“I don’t know how he is physically, but technically he made some big mistakes and let Tony trade with him. You don’t hook with a hooker, if you’re not a hooker, and David is a jab and straight right-hand puncher.”
Booth brings up an interesting point in terms of the hook specifically.
After the fight Bellew pointed to the left hook as something he and his team thought he would do based on training footage leading up to the fight.
The trademark David Haye overhand right would surely have been the weapon to concentrate on, rather than try to match Bellew’s best punch (the left hook).
Will we ever see that David Haye right hand land flush again?
Time will tell.