Compubox Numbers for Klitschko vs Haye

The Fight of the Year it was certainly not; here then are the Compubox numbers from what has to go down in the annals of heavyweight & boxing history more generally as yet another low-point. Be prepared to be underwhelmed.

David Haye Wladimir Klitschko

A photographer manages to capture David Haye throwing fully 20% of the punches he managed on fight night. Just about.

Looking at the numbers; neither fighter was at all efficient with landing percentages of 26% for Wladimir Klitschko & 25% for Mr. David Haye. The big Ukrainian did though manage to throw 509 punches – fully 219 more than Haye’s poultry effort of 290. That means the methodical/robotic younger Klitschko was able to throw 17.5 punches for every 10 that came from the Brit whilst also landing on a slightly more regular basis.

As expected Klitschko’s output was dominated by his jab; with only 29 power shots landing over the course of the 12 rounds. To put that figure into perspective: Antonio Margarito managed to land 46 power shots against Miguel Cotto back in 2008 – in one round(the 7th)! That is of course an unfair comparison – heavyweights are not welterweights; so perhaps a more instructive comparison would be with previous generations of heavyweight champions.

Between the two Klitschko & Haye managed to land a collective 65 power shots; 137 jabs and thus 202 total blows landed over the course of an evening to forget for the sport of boxing’s once fabled glamour division. So how far back do we need to look for when another heavyweight put these numbers to shame? Not very far – in more ways than one – you need only look to Wladimir’s corner. Vitali Klitschko, alone, managed 155 shots landed in six rounds vs Lennox Lewis or a rate that was 53.5% higher… than what his little brother and David Haye managed – combined!

Vitali Lennox Lewis

You don't have to go far to find a heavyweight who threw the occasional punch.

Chris Arreola’s fight with Brian Minto from 2009 produced  112 power connects – 47 more than Toegate – in just 4 rounds. Whichever way one wishes to cut it this fight was another pathetic advert for the sport; provided by the division that seems a lost cause for the indefinite future.

Matt Hamilton, reporting!