Commenting on the fight, Booth said that while Haye’s battle against his injury made for an uncomfortable spectacle at times, it nevertheless allowed him to prove his mettle – something that has been questioned by some observers in the past.
“David looked a little bit slow, and Tony boxed out of his skin,” Booth stated. “I suspect that David was probably injured going in, and it got much worse in the fight itself. David nailed Tony a couple of times with some solid shots, and although Tony felt them, he was still in there.
“Once the injury got worse, he was never going to be able to hurt Tony as much as he did in the first couple of rounds. So I’d probably say that the fight went on a little bit too long. Once the injury happened, it made sense to go out there and see if he could get rid of Tony. But once it became obvious that that wasn’t going to happen, it kind of dragged on and became a bit of a strange thing to watch. But David’s the master of making the best out of a situation, and from that, people have now realised that he is actually a ballsy fella. Now he’s getting a bit of credit for it.”