David Haye To Face Oleg Maskaev In October?

david haye07.07.08 - by James Slater: In yet MORE news featuring David Haye, there is at last some inclination of who "The Hayemaker" will fight in his heavyweight re-debut this coming October. According to the usually very reliable BoxRec, Haye will face none other than former WBC heavyweight champion Oleg Maskaev. It's unlikely the majority of fans will be too thrilled if this does indeed turn out to be the fight that is made. The far more formidable Monte Barrett, for one, will surely not be happy.

Maskaev, now 39-years-of-age and not having fought since his 6th round TKO loss at the hands of Samuel Peter back in March, is the last person this writer expected to land the October fight with Haye. Then again, it was reported not too long ago that "The Big O" was back in training and wanting to fight again. A good fighter in his day, Maskaev is a worn and faded force now - at least he looked like it in his clash with Peter.. What will the ageing Russian bring to the Haye fight?

Oleg has a good right hand, if he can land it. And the 39-year-old is ultra-experienced. That's about it when it comes to what Maskaev has to offer as a fighter today. Slow, not too hard to hit and injury-prone as of late, the Maskaev of 2008 will surely be nothing more than cannon fodder for the much younger and faster Haye. No disrespect to Oleg - he was, after all, a man capable of twice defeating the original choice to face Haye, in Hasim Rahman - but that was a long time ago. At best, Maskaev figures to stick around for a few rounds in October.

I can see the critics having something of a field day if Maskaev is indeed Haye's next opponent. After all his big talk of bringing both respect and excitement back to the heavyweight division, the fast-talking Londoner takes a fight against a guy who, if some other heavyweight were facing him, he'd criticise the match! It has come as a disappointment indeed now that Haye will fight someone as old and inactive as Maskaev. Perhaps Haye and his team were unable to get anyone else for the October date (this is unlikely, however, because the aforementioned Monte Barret is/was absolutely desperate for the opportunity).

In any case, after all the talk and after all the hype, the fans were expecting a younger and more dangerous opponent for Haye to box. Let the comments begin!

Article posted on 07.07.2008

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