THE character assassination of David Haye last weekend was further evidence of brutal ‘build them up to knock the down’ culture we seem to have developed in this country.
Yes, “The Hayemaker” behaved more like a WWE wrestler both before and after his heavyweight bout with Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday night, but did his in-ring performance really merit such ridicule?
I didn’t see him legitimately hit the canvas in Hamburg – and he certainly gave one of the top boxers of a generation a run for his money.
Haye’s clearly a character who will divide opinion. He’s bold, brash and in your face, while also being an intelligent bloke.
But what annoyed me was the outburst of negativity that followed his defeat. The same people that had been talking him up on Facebook and Twitter feeds all month were suddenly speaking about him like something they’d just scraped off their shoe.
It’s the same bile that usually follows Andy Murray’s exit from a major competition, or when England bow out of a major football championship.
The predictable “where now for Haye/Murray” nonsense was rolled out by a lot of so-called experts.
It’s to the US Open for Murray, who is one of four top class players in a golden generation of tennis. He’ll at least get to the semi-finals – something nobody should sniff at.
As for Haye, I’d like to think he’ll get one more shot at a Klitschko. What other fight does anyone want to see in boxing’s heavyweight division?
•LAST week I ‘boldly’ predicted a Wimbledon final between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.
I’m glad I was right. It was a belter of a game that showcased THE new rivalry in tennis. Both players are a credit to sport as a whole and delivered over two hours of top drawer sport.
The same can’t be said for the BBC, however. Their post-match coverage was farcical (they couldn’t even find a working microphone to speak to Nadal) and, barring the awesome John McEnroe, their team is incredibly boring.
Andrew Castle is the worst of the bunch, a failed tennis player who makes sweeping generalisations after every single point.
•FOR the first time in years I’m genuinely looking forward to the new UCL Premier Division football season.
Both Spalding United and Holbeach United should be applauded for assembling hugely competitive squads and the future looks bright at both camps.
Roll on derby day on September 20...