Lennox fears Haye faces an uphill battle

FORMER undisputed heavyweight champion of the world Lennox Lewis believes Wladimir Klitschko’s size advantage will prove crucial when he finally locks horns with David Haye in tomorrow’s eagerly anticipated unification grudge match.

Klitschko will enjoy a major size and weight advantage and Lewis also feels Wladimir will benefit from the expert advice offered by his former trainer Emanuel Steward.

But Lewis, who beat Wladimir’s older brother Vitali on his final ring appearance in 2003, still believes Haye is capable of cancelling out Klitschko’s strengths with his own speed and punch power.

“When you look at it on paper and you see Wladimir, he’s the natural heavyweight,” Lewis said. “He’s bigger, he weighs more, plus he has a great trainer in his corner.

“Plus he fights in his hometown, you know his home country and for David he has an uphill battle.

“But if there’s a fighter that can do it in this era it’s David Haye. He’s got the speed, he’s got the stamina, the quickness to be able to do it and the power.

“Wladimir’s chin has been hit before and he has gone down before and I know David knows that and is going to try and expose that.”