Booth: wary of rough tactics
Adam Booth is worried David Haye will taking on two men in the ring on Saturday at the Imtech Arena. He disapproves of the choice of Chicago referee Genaro Rodriguez and believes the official favoured Wladimir Klitschko when he took charge of some of his previous fights.
“All we are asking for are for the rules of boxing to be applied by the referee,” Booth told Sky Sports.
“The referee that’s been put forward, refereed one of Wladimir’s recent fights and in the first five rounds alone Wladimir was allowed to get away with 32 offences without being spoken to once and that concerns me.”
Booth is hoping that Klitschko will not be able to get an unfair advantage by using all of his six foot six inch frame to lean on Haye and sap his energy. Wladimir’s ‘jab and grab’ tactics have drawn criticism in the past and Team Haye are determined their fighter won’t be subjected to them in Hamburg.
“If he (Klitschko) leans and holds do something about it,” Booth continued.
“If he does it again and keeps doing it take it further. Those types of fouls can corrupt the course of a fight, a bigger man with a three stone weight advantage can corrupt the course of a fight even more if he’s allowed to manipulate a smaller man illegally.”
Booth is pushing for WBA referee Luis Pabon to be considered as an alternative, however that is unlikely to be agreed upon at such short notice.
But even with the hint of dirty tactics on fight night Haye’s trainer and long-time friend remains supremely confident ahead of this massive heavyweight showdown. There doesn’t appear to be even a flicker of doubt that his fighter will end Klitschko’s seven year unbeaten record.
“He’s (Haye) probably as relaxed as I’ve ever seen him,” added Booth.
“The condition he’s got himself in, just watching him from my perspective, and the things he’s been doing in the gym, he wouldn’t have been able to have done them if he didn’t have that total inner-belief he can knock Wladimir out.
And that confidence radiates from him and makes me feel nice and warm.”