Boxing: Haye faces first big test in Thompson
Friday 10 September 2004
After A truly awful year the British boxing scene will hopefully receive a much-needed boost this evening when David Haye and Carl Thompson fight for the International Boxing Organisation cruiserweight title at Wembley Arena.
Haye is the glamour boy of a sport that is fast losing its glitz and Thompson has been for the last 15 years one of the finest and most entertaining boxers on the circuit.
Tonight's fight, for a belt that really is secondary to the action, has been dubbed "don't blink", and that, for once, looks like a sound assessment of what should happen in the ring. Haye is unbeaten in 10 fights and has stopped or knocked out everybody that he has met, but he is 17 years younger than Thompson and has never met anyone like the Manchester fighter.
Thompson has made a habit of defying the odds and being avoided by most cruiserweights in the world. In the past he has had to travel to Germany, Italy and France for meaningful title fights and has been involved in some truly brutal encounters in Britain. In his last fight he was trailing by eight rounds going into round nine but he somehow found the necessary punches to knock out his young South African opponent and win the title he defends this evening.
Haye was ringside that night and was stunned by the fight's outcome - he had actually led a desperate chorus calling for the referee to save Thompson from further punishment in rounds seven and eight.
Tonight, it is unlikely that both boxers will still be standing by round five and there is the very real chance that both will be on the floor before it is finally over. Thompson clearly has the experience and the age but he also has the proven vulnerability against punchers and Haye is one of the best in the business at the moment.
Audley Harrison has pulled out of his proposed fight against an unnamed opponent in the United States on 13 November after damaging ligaments in his left index finger. Harrison suffered the injury during sparring and will have an operation in New York on Tuesday.
Latest in Sport
Luckless Abou Diaby full of confidence as he attempts yet another Arsenal comeback
Arturo Vidal: Midfielder must ask to join Manchester United, say Juventus
Scottie dogs in Commonwealth Games opening ceremony 'disrespectful to Muslims', say Malaysian politicians
Calum Chambers joins Arsenal: Gunners complete £16m transfer of right-back
Manchester United latest: Angel Di Maria move no closer as Juan Mata emerges as Louis van Gaal's favoured No 10 as prospect of signing
- 1 Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
- 2 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 3 Is Ebola coming to Britain? UK health officials issue warning to doctors as outbreak fears grow
- 4 Richard Dawkins says 'date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse' on Twitter
- 5 Danish TV reporter is all business up top, all party down below
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
A new Russian revolution: The cracks are starting to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Competitive: The Green Recruitment Company: The Organisation: The Green Recrui...
£350 - £400 per annum + competitive: Orgtel: Project Manager (specializing in ...
£40000 - £50000 per annum + competitive: Progressive Recruitment: Embedded Sof...
£50000 - £65000 per annum + Benefits: Progressive Recruitment: Working for a m...