Yesterday I commented on the two-tone nature of Tomasz Bonin’s heavyweight credentials, on the one hand he had an aesthetic record of 37-1, was ranked #11 by the WBC, appeared rugged and game – on the other he had a flattering ledger with no quality on it, an unqualified ranking and at 231 pounds still looked to be carrying extra ‘timber’ of a relaxed rather than tense nature. So a certain context is required before adding to the bravado and hoopla David Haye’s devastating stoppage of the gutsy Pole has induced.
There is however, no escaping the fact Haye punches like a heavyweight, looks like a heavyweight, has good technique offensively and hands that appear a blur when fired at more ponderous big men. Simple left-rights dumped Bonin on the canvas twice before the third onslaught of cuffs, and downward punches forced the former Audley Harrison victim to the floor and an intervention from the squeeky voiced Ian John-Lewis.
Unquestionably, Haye will provide a interesting current in the still waters of the heavyweight division and all but the best would have been rocked by the thudding, though simple, one two’s he landed in the two minutes the bout lasted. It is also worth noting that Haye appears more aware of his gifts and opportunities these days and a new perspective on training, preparation and respecting opponents is a welcome improvement from the sloppy arrogance of his youth. An over-confidence that cost him dearly against Carl Thompson. Although if Terry O’Conner had shown the same alacrity that night as he did refereeing Calzaghe v Manfredo then Haye would still be unbeaten.
Aspiring and amibitious, the self monikered Hayemaker knows how to market himself too. Sky Sports, for whom Johnny Nelson and Glen McCrory – who know about fighting heavyweights following a world-class career at Cruiserweight – provided analysis to Dave Clark’s squinted delivery and their consensus suggests the satellite network believe they’ve belatedly discovered the next superstar to replace the retired Lennox, the forgotten Prince and the long lost Benn-Eubank wars.