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Haye's trainer has answer to Vitali Klitschko

David Haye's trainer Adam Booth believes he has identified how to beat the WBC heavyweight title holder Vitali Klitschko.

Vitali Klitschko ranges a right hook on the American challenger Kevin Johnson last night.
Vitali Klitschko ranges a right hook on the American challenger Kevin Johnson last night.

David Haye's trainer Adam Booth believes he has identified how to beat Vitali Klitschko after the Ukrainian retained his WBC heavyweight title in Bern last night. Klitschko produced a workmanlike performance to condemn Kevin Johnson to his first defeat with a unanimous points victory. The American never found a way to deal with Klitschko's size, being forced on to the back foot from the very first round with Klitschko's long arms pushing Johnson on to the ropes. Haye was scheduled to fight Vitali's brother Wladimir earlier this year but the Briton was forced to withdraw because of injury. Instead his next bout saw him beat Nikolay Valuev last month to claim the WBA title since when Haye has been calling for a meeting with Vitali.

Booth believes Haye has the beating of the 38-year-old and told Sky Sports News: "It was a typical Vitali performance. "He does the same thing over and over again and everybody that he fights is unable to pose a question of his style. "He plants his feet in range, uses his height to lean back out of the way of hitting coming back that may have substance on it and uses his strong arms to push so repetitively. "He does the same thing every second of every round of every fight and it amazes me that these so-called elite heavyweights cannot figure out that there is a simple answer to that style to be able to land your punches."

Klitschko has declared himself ready to meet Haye, saying: "This will be very interesting to fight Haye but let's see what next year brings. "Let's see, I am ready. Right now Haye will be fighting John Ruiz. I wish him luck." * PA Sport