Wladimir Klitschko has dismantled ten heavyweights following his knock out defeat to Lamon Brewster in 2004, with only two going the distance. His probing jab is his central armoury, it forms the basis of his defence and sets up his powerful straight rights. He keeps his opponents infuriatingly out of reach and breaks them down, as they slowly realise that they are going to need to produce something special to even get close to the big man. He is the force of the modern heavyweight era.
The first point to make about Wlads current dominance, an unavoidable truth, is that he has largely beaten a bunch of cumbersome, old, has-beens and sometimes not even 'beens', just 'has'. Not since he fought Samuel Peter, recently demolished by Vitali, has Wlad fought anyone remotely youthful. That is all you need to say about the modern heavyweight division and that is why the division needed the 28-year-old Bermondsey bomber David Haye. He has disrupted the equilibrium and poses a major threat to all the current cream-of-the-heavyweight crop.
Haye punched ridiculously hard at cruiserweight and has also proved he can carry the bombs at heavyweight, destroying Thomasz Bonin in around a minute, and wiping out Monte Barrett in five. In the modern heavyweight standard, both were dangerous fights for a cruiserweight in his nascent heavyweight days. Haye has supreme confidence and so he should. He's young, possesses KO power and has lightening hand-speed for a big man. He has the attributes to resurrect the heavyweight era, making the undisputed champion a global icon once again.
Haye is making a big step up against the Ukranian champion, but look at it from his perspective: What does he have to fear from Wladimir? The Ukranian has never fought a heavyweight as quick as Haye. His measuring, left paw, usually so effective in subduing opponents, cannot be as effective against Haye; Wlad will not see some of the punches coming his way. He is a big target for the Hayemaker and you can see what Haye is thinking when he states: "His style is made for me".
Klitschko lacks the power of surprise and he is one-dimensional - usually to dominant effect. His style is one of the most awkward to combat. It takes a special punch to topple Klitschko. But he's used to fighting heavyweights who are either old (Thompson), slow (Rachman) or lack a big punch (Ibragimov), and if Haye's speed wasn't enough of a problem - he has the special punch in him to turn out Wlad's lights.
Don't get me wrong. Haye does not like being hit and even some of Barrett's wild, clubbing blows, which only grazed the Brit, still made his legs unsteady. The Hayemaker is liable to crumble against a hard-hitter. That's why he gets to work quickly and is often axious to get the other man out of there. In short, Haye will be beaten if he is tentative and allows Wlad to get into his mechanical rythm.
But for me there's no danger of that happening. Haye will land some bombs early on, he will take Wlad right out of his comfort zone and when Wlad is stunned for the third or fourth time, Haye will swarm all over him and finish him in exhilerating style - around the fourth. Wlad's plod is coming to a screeching halt. This will surely set Haye up for a clash with Wlad's brother, Vitali, who has an iron chin and will be a whole different kettle of fish.