With the big fight, Haye vs. Klitschko, looming in Hamburg tonight, you might imagine that David Haye would have more to think about than taking to Twitter to taunt his opponent, but that is precisely what’s happened and we’re wondering if winding up your opponent just before a fight is rather an unwise move?
Although of course there’s always a certain amount of pre-bout hype with any of these big events it seems that David Haye could have taken it a bit further than the usual boxing banter between rivals, and it’s not the first time his tweeting has got him into a spot of bother.
Only a few days ago we told how Haye had got himself into trouble after tweeting a rude joke on his personal Twitter account and that the WBA World Heavyweight Champion was facing disciplinary action from the British Boxing Board over it. Now we hear that Haye has added fuel to the already stoked fire against Wladimir Klitschko by tweeting a film link to him, which appears to show Adolf Hitler talking about boxing.
Des Kendall over on Metro explains that two years ago Haye wore a T-shirt depicting the severed heads of the Klitschko brothers and then last week launched a mobile game showing him knocking the head off Klitschko, the WBO and IBF world champion. However, the latest taunt really may be a step too far and will certainly provoke Klitschko just before the fight. The clip that Haye posted on Twitter was from the film Downfall showing Hitler in his bunker and had been cleverly edited and subtitles added, to make it look as though Hitler was discussing Haye in training and how he might beat Klitschko. Haye himself has previously admitted that his stunts can be “distasteful.”
Meanwhile, Wladimir Klitschko seems to be trying to play down the effect of this latest taunt but it has obviously got under his skin. Klitschko said simply, “I have to call it what it is. It’s childish. It’s not even funny anymore. It’s serious business, it hurts, it won’t be funny for David Haye.” It may be that this tactic of goading from Haye is designed to make Klitschko so angry that it takes his attention off the fight but many might say that it could also be taking Haye’s focus away from what he should be concentrating on, the boxing.
We’d really like to hear what you think about David Haye taunting Klitschko on Twitter and whether you think this is all par for the course in the boxing world, or whether in fact, you feel it might be taking things a step too far? Let us know with your comments.
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