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Rizwaan
Zahid

Haye, Angulo proved little
vs. foes that packed no punch

By Rizwaan Zahid
of The Boxing Amusement Park

This past Saturday we saw two very different fights in two different countries. Not surprising, since this happens quite often in the sport, but the Nicolai Valuev-David Haye fight was a snoozefest in which both fighters threw and landed very few punches, and Haye was lucky to receive the nod. Alfredo Angulo’s fight with Harry Joe Yorgey, on the other hand, was a fight that simply took too long to be stopped. Yorgey was completely out on his feet, with his eyes rolled back into his head, before the assault was finally waved off. It was clear by the bell in Round Two that the fight was already done, and Yorgey was simply too courageous for his own good.
A lot can be said about the Haye-Valuev “fight.” It was a spectacle -- we can agree with that -- but right from the beginning Haye was content to simply land an occasional shot, while Valuev was satisfied with jabbing and hitting air. This pattern lasted for 12 rounds -- 11 1/2, at least, before Haye was able to wobble Valuev in the final stanza. For the record, I scored the fight a draw. Most would agree that Haye was quite lucky to win a decision against Valuev in Germany, not only because of the past controversial decisions for the hometown fighters, but also because he received the nod in a very close fight. The bout was not as close as Holyfield’s fight with Valuev, which Evander lost.
This fight did not really show me what Haye could do in the heavyweight division, but merely what he can do against a slow target who has benefited in the pastfrom controversial decisions against mediocre opponents. Haye criticized the Klitsckhos and other heavyweights for being boring, but this fight was as entertaining as watching paint dry. I can’t say I blame Haye for his strategy, since it is the easiest way to beat Valuev. But I don’t think Haye's hand injury early in the fight really affected his chances of knocking out Valuev, since I doubt that was the strategy to begin with.
Haye’s next fight is against John Ruiz, the mandatory challenger. Perhaps it is the luck of the draw that Haye’s first defense -- like his title fight -- will be against one of the most boring fighters the heavyweight division has ever produced.
That fight will not say much about Haye’s chances in the division. He will be expected win, and if he cannot beat a 37-year-old Ruiz, who is once again planning to use his “new, aggressive” style of fighting, then Haye does not belong in the heavyweight division.
When Roy Jones and James Toney beat Ruiz, many thought they had simply picked the easiest heavyweight champ to beat.
The same can be said of Valuev, no-skill fighter who takes up a lot of space and is a sizeable target. For Haye to last in the heavyweight division, he will have to do a lot more and win impressively -- especially if he hopes to ever land a fight with either Klitschko.
Alfredo Angulo has once again shown his ability to knock fighters out in a destructive manner.
As was the case for Haye, this does not indicate that he will be able to rise to the top of his division. Paul Williams and Sergio Martinez will be fighting in a middleweight fight on December the 5th. The two were at 154 less than a year ago, and if either desides fight with Angulo, Alfredo will be simply outworked. Angulo was outboxed by Kermit Cintron, a fighter with mediocre boxing skills, at best. Cintron is known for his power punching, and his ability to outbox Angulo shows how one-dimensional "El Perro" can be.
Final analysis of Haye and Angulo: Two wins by two fighters aiming to impress -- but wins that do not indicate much for the future.
Many a time, fighters will have an impressive win and fans and media critics (myself included) will match that fighter with another opponent and debate who the winner would be.
That’s not the case this time around. Haye and Angulo won against fighters who did not have much to offer. Hence, we will have to wait for their next fight to see how bright or dark their respective futures are.

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Rizwaan Zahid



Born and raised in Toronto, Canada, Rizwaan Zahid is in his senior year at Carleton University in Ottawa, pursuing his Mass Communications degree, with the future aspirations of becoming a professional sports journalist.
Although relatively young, Rizwaan has shown his passion of writing the beautiful sport of boxing and has worked with Bragging Rights Corner, Boxing Banter, Diamond Boxing,
Fightfan.com, East Side Boxing as well as The Fight Network for over three years. With Fightfan.com, Rizwaan has been awarded the feature article of the month numerous times.
Over these past few years, Rizwaan has interviewed and conducted conferences with fighters and trainers such as Jeff Mayweather, Jermaine Taylor, Kelly Pavlik, Oscar De La Hoya, Roy Jones Jr., Jackie Kallen, Wayne McCullough, Manny Pacquaio, Wladimir Klitsckho and Emmanuel Steward.

Although boxing has been his main focus over the years, Rizwaan still has a strong passion for many other sports and has covered various sports in The Charlatan, Carleton University's newspaper.
Rizwaan has also worked with PHASE 1 Basketball, a camp based out of Toronto which is a showcase for the best basketball Canada has to offer on various levels, as well as the Out of Left Field blog which attracts numerous readers daily.

Rizwaan Zahid hopes to continue his efforts in journalism in the world of sports.
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