Michael Rosenthal

Foreman gives Haye a shot against Klitschko

Going against the general flow of expert opinion, George Foreman believes Britain's David Haye has more than a fighting chance of upsetting Wladimir Klitschko this summer.

Most boxing pundits make Klitschko, the RING, IBF and WBO heavyweight titleholder, a clear favorite to win the July 2 unification showdown with Haye, the WBC titleholder.

Foreman, however, is not so convinced and has refused to rule out the possibility of Haye (25-1, 23 knockouts), defying the critics and odds seemingly stacked up high against him in Hamburg.

“David is a good ’un. I think he could surprise a lot of people — and a lot of people are hoping that he does,” the formerheavyweight champion said during an interview on BBC Radio.

Despite those comments, Foreman has immense respect for Klitschko (55-3, 49KOS) and the way he has dominated the division for so long.

Yet, at the same time, he feels the Ukrainian's largely untroubled reign at the summit has had an adverse effect on the public's interest in what should be boxing's blue-ribbon event. Nowhere more so than in the U.S., where, according to Foreman, there is genuine apathy surrounding the forthcoming Klitschko-Haye clash.

“Not at all,” was his blunt response to whether the fight has captured the imagination of American fans as much as it has their European counterparts.

“As a matter of fact, Klitschko’s been a fine champion. He has represented the sport real good and was probably too good for a whole generation of boxers. But there’s not much excitement about it. Not yet.”

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