In boxing, there are fighters will humbly accept defeat. “He was just the better man today, I fought my best but it wasn’t enough,” most would say, and they’ll climb out of the ring to modest cheers from the crowd for being brave enough to fight, but more so because they were brave enough to accept defeat.
Then there are those fighters who bury themselves in deeper shit by making all sorts of excuses for losing.
David Haye has no excuse for losing. Truth be told, he duped us all by making us believe he was a legitimate threat to Wladimir Klitschko’s title reign. He talked endlessly about viciously knocking out the unified champion then going on to fight his brother Vitali next.
He talked so well that he was able to land a 50-50 split with Klitschko even though Haye only had four fights in the heavyweight division. He was cocky enough to wear a shirt where a caricature of him holding the decapitated heads of the Klitschko brothers.
He pulled off a horrible performance in the fight but it was his post-fight excuse of having a broken toe that knocked the ball out of the park for Haye. He said that the toe broke three weeks ago. He failed to tell anyone about it, failed to pull out of the fight, and failed to give all boxing fans the fight that they deserved to see.
With that horrible excuse, Haye joins the list of the lamest excuses the boxing world has even witnessed which includes Joshua Clottey’s “I ate bad soup and had diarrhea” excuse, Wladmir Klitschko’s “I was drugged/They put too much Vaseline” excuse, Sakio Bika’s “I was very sick and almost drowned in the hotel pool the day before my fight. I never learnt how swim and decided to cool down after training. I didn’t realize there was a deep end of the pool and jumped straight in; I know I can beat Bute and would not go near any swimming pools before the fight” excuse, and Julio Cesar Chavez’ “My son opened up an old cut before the fight against de la Hoya” excuse.
It’s okay to lose a fight. But to be in the ring and not even try to win is robbery because you don’t give the fans the entertainment they deserve. Coming up with an excuse just takes this whole deal into another level. Once you get into the ring, all injuries, discomforts, pains, and whatnot should be left in the locker room. When you go into the ring, you must fight your heart out. Haye could have simply asked for the fight to be postponed if he needed for time to heal. But the fact that he went on to the ring knowing fully well that the injury could affect his performance just lends more evidence to the claim that Haye did not go in there to win.
From now on, I shall refer to the former WBA champion as David “Craven” Haye.