Time to make Haye
The Panel, bar Glenn McCrory, expect David Haye to make a fast start and test Audley Harrison's will.
Last Updated: 11/11/10 8:11am
Best of Enemies brings two friends-turned-foes together for an all-British world-title affair.
When David Haye and Audley Harrison meet on November 13, live on Sky Box Office HD and in 3D, there will be much more at stake than the WBA heavyweight crown.
It is a fight that has captured the public's imagination already and our expert Panel are no different.
As we count down to fight night Jim Watt, Johnny Nelson, Glenn McCrory and Nicky Piper will tell us what to expect from both fighters, before delivering their final verdicts...
You've told us what Audley needs to do to spring a surprise and win, but what of the champion? What are you expecting from David Haye on Saturday night?
NICKY: I think David is going to come out looking for the knockout. I think we will see him throwing bombs from the start. He is the world champion and although he looked very tentative against Valuev, it was hard to land a shot on that guy. Against Ruiz he started fast, but he knew Ruiz could take a good shot. This time, he knows that if he catches Audley flush, he will go over.
JIM: You have to imagine Haye is going to start very fast, very powerful, although he's going to have problems early on with that jab. Harrison will be boxing not necessarily defensively, but certainly mindful of Haye's power. He is massive, he is talented but the fact he is not the bravest will be a real problem.
JOHNNY: David will want to fight at his pace, certainly for the first half of the fight, because he knows if it goes late, it's not to his advantage. And he will look to draw first blood, land that first big shot because as soon as he knows he's got the upper hand, he will turn the screw, break Audley's heart and drain his confidence. If he gets on top, he will be too fast, too quick, too powerful.
GLENN: People might be saying David is going to blow him away, but that's not going to happen. We all saw him at the Boxing Writers' Dinner the other week and that means for me, he is a little too relaxed. I think he is going to have to get nailed to wake up - he's taking this far too easy. He knows Audley and is just thinking this will be easy - like everyone else is - and that is a big danger; if David starts believing his own hype, one day he is going to get caught.
JOHNNY: If if he has taken anything for granted with Audley and he makes a mistake Audley can embarrass him and everything he's been saying, everything disrespectful he has said to Audley will mean nothing. That makes David vulnerable and he knows it, and that is the pressure he is under going into this.
NICKY: David does carry his hands low and I am sure Audley will be looking for that, but it works both ways. We tend to go on about holding our hands up high here in Britain, but in America we see it all the time - and if it's done well it can actually be a huge positive. David uses it very well, he has his hands by his side, but brings them up very quickly and it does actually give him great balance because he has a wider base to swing from.
GLENN: But he is going to have to go into the trenches. We know he's got balls, we know he's a fighter and that's why we all love him. I think he will go gung-ho early and that will be what gets him into trouble - and it will also be what gets him out of trouble later on.
JIM: He's a world-class fighter David, and I would be surprised if it goes into the latter stages. And even if it does, David will fancy himnself. He's a fighter, he's dug in hard, he's been on the floor and he's come through those moments and turned things round. The only time I can recall Audley doing that was against Michael Sprott.
Previous Panel pieces
Question One: Talking the talk - click here to read
Question Two: The temper trap - click here to read
Question Three: The enemy within - click here to read
Question Four: David's new Goliath? click here to read
Question Five: No guts, no glory click here to read