By Ruslan Chikov
Emanuel Steward, the trainer IBF/WBA/WBO/IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, was expecting a different fight from the one viewed by millions of people last Saturday night in Hamburg, Germany. Steward expected Haye to come out firing power punches in the first round to take control and to increase his chances for a surprise early knockout of Wladimir. Instead, the British star was very defensive and fought a cautious fight. Wladimir won an easy twelve round unanimous decision.
"The fight did not go as we expected. We thought Haye would be more aggressive. It was difficult for Wladimir to get to him, but Wladimir did everything he needed to do to win the title. He should have hit more often. There were a few different situations [where Klitschko wasn't aggressive enough]. The judge also took a point [for Klitschko allegedly pushing Haye down to the mat], and I protested against that because Haye was constantly going down to his knees [on his own]," Steward said.