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Fighters weigh in on Valuev-Haye

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Monte Barrett, who has fought both men: "David Haye has more tenacity. But I think Valuev will win the fight because he’s good at what he does. ... I think [Haye is] making the same mistake I made when I fought him. He’s getting caught up in the hype. ... [Haye] has power. He’s not heavy-handed, he just has a lot of pop in his punch. When he hit me it reminded me of Wladimir Klitschko. He has deceptive speed about his power and Klitschko has the same type of power in his punches. Valuev is not heavy handed at all." (Boxing News, link via

The following picks are all from Sporting Life.

Ricky Hatton: "David packs a lot of power and I think he can do to Valuev what no-one else has done and knock him out in sensational fashion."

Enzo Maccarinelli: "I do feel David can beat him and if he can put Valuev down, that giant frame is going to be hard to get off the ground. I think it will be a late stoppage."

James DeGale: "As time has gone on I fancy his chances less and less. Valuev is humongous! If he doesn't knock him out in six I can't see it. He's not going to get a decision in Germany, is he?"

Arthur Abraham: "I think Nikolai is going to win. For Haye it will be difficult to come out of cruiserweight and fight a man that is as tall and heavy as Valuev. Haye is a good boxer, no doubt about that, but I believe that Niko will take care of business."

The rest of that Sporting Life article has thoughts from Emanuel Steward, Danny Williams, Frank Warren, Frankie Gavin, Matthew Macklin and Tony Jeffries.

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