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Haye-Klitschko – The Official The Rambles of Neil Monnery Pick

David Haye talks. He talks a lot. He sells the fight well but he hasn’t done a lot at heavyweight level. Wladimir Klitschko has 49 KOs at heavyweight and has been Champion for years. Looking at this you’d think I’d be going for the Ukrainian but you’d be wrong.

This fight reminds me a whole lot of one of the biggest domestic superfights of the modern era – Nigel Benn v Chris Eubank. Eubank was brash and whilst having faced a decent calibre of opponents he didn’t have a record that showed he was in Benn’s class. However he had talked his way into the fight and when it came to fight night it was Eubank who won by stopping Benn in the 9th.

Haye was the champion down at cruiserweight and he was the undisputed champion. He went to France and stopped Jean-Marc Mormeck and also battered a shell-shocked Enzo Maccrinelli in the second round at the O2 Arena. We know Haye has power but we’ve also seen at heavy he can be hurt. Monte Barrett hurt him. Yes Monte Barrett and in his last three fights he hasn’t fought anyone who can hurt him. Wladimir can.

I don’t see this one going the distance. I see the fight ending with someone on their backside. Who well I’m not sure. Wladmir is rightly the favourite but I’m going to stick my neck on the line and say Haye tags him early and stops him in the mid-rounds. It wouldn’t stun me if both fighters hit the deck at some point in this fight. The interesting thing is Haye seems to have a very good plan for every fight he’s been in and if that plan is as good as usual then he has a real chance.

The Official Pick: Haye by KO – Mid-Late Round.

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Boom Boom Afridi

People scoffed at me when I was excited that Boom Boom Afridi was joining Hampshire for the defence of their T20 crown. People said he was yet another big name that Hampshire didn’t need. Whilst we won last year with a plethora of home grown stars whenever you get the chance to add arguably the best T20 player in the world to your side then you have to look at it.

Hampshire did and by teaming him up with Imran Tahir then suddenly the side have a dynamite spinning pair and that means the groundsman will prepare turning pitches and that also plays into the hands of Danny Briggs. So three spinners plus the wicket to wicket medium pace of Dimi and the fiery Dominic Cork and that bowling attack looks extremely formidable.

On the batting side of the ledger we saw Boom Boom open last night against Sussex to good effect. I am still unsure if I want him opening or the very successful Lumb/Adams combination but if Boom Boom goes boom as it were then we are all but guaranteed to get away to a fast start and if he doesn’t then you have Adams ready to come in at three at give it a welly. Then you have the classy Classy, the skillful McKensie and the power and class of ErvineĀ and Pothas before you get to Dimi. That is again a first-rate batting attack.

There is a reason that Hampshire top the southern group and have only lost one T20 game all year – and that is quite simply they have quality in every area of the game. You also have to remember that Michael Carberry is still out and he is an extremely gifted player to come in down the order but as it stands I have no idea where he could slot in should he be fit for the Quarter-Finals and hopefully Finals Day itself.

So all in all I really do think Hampshire are the class of the field and from I have seen Sussex and Somerset are close behind – probably with the nod to Somerset with all their power although Sussex’s death bowling is insanely good. Yet again the southern group is where the cream of the crop lies and I would not be shocked if come Finals Day there were three or even four southern teams represented.

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Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye Face Off with Max Kellerman (video)

In less than a fortnight the biggest Heavyweight boxing fight in eight years will be going on. After jawing for a couple of years and quite honestly ducking the Klitschko brothers, David Haye looks set to turn up and fight on July 2 in Hamburg to fight the younger of the brothers.

A few weeks ago they faced off with HBO’s Max Kellerman and the video was released this week and it is to be frank awesome. Wlad is seriously pissed with Haye and the Englishman looks a wee bit scared. The full video is below. Watch and enjoy.

As for the fight itself I’ll preview it nearer the time and give my pick then (I know you all care so much) but this fight could go either way.

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