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 Sunday, 29 December, 2002, 17:46 GMT
Boxing: 2003 predictions

FUTURE STARS

David Haye

Haye facts
Class: Cruiserweight
Weight: 200lbs
Height: 6ft 3 ins
Career high:
Silver medal at 2001 World Championships
Turned pro: November 2002
There is no doubt about him as far as I am concerned - from sparring with him and all the other reports that I get about him from other heavyweights.

I am very confident that he will go on to big things - he's the best talent I have ever sparred with and he should be dominating the British, European and Commonwealth scene very soon.

Roman Greenberg

Roman Greenberg is a 20-year-old Russian-born heavyweight who lives in Israel but will be based in this country next year and he is very skilled.

He is like a heavyweight Roy Jones Jnr - he's only 20, he's got eight years or so to get his boxing maturity - if he keeps his head on his shoulders, there is no limit to what he can achieve.


PREDICTIONS

Woodhall's top tips
Oscar de la Hoya to beat Shane Mosley
Danny Williams to win European title
Lennox Lewis to beat Mike Tyson again

When he gets the chance to fight for the European title, Danny Williams should win.

In America, WBC welterweight champion Vernon Forrest, the man who upset Shane Mosley, should beat fellow champion Ricardo Mayorga with some ease.

Speaking of Mosley, I think he will struggle against Oscar de la Hoya in their planned rematch, despite having got the better of him in 2000.

For Lennox Lewis, there are three planned fights, against the Klitschko brothers, Wladimir and Vitali, and a rematch with Mike Tyson.

I think the easiest fight there for Lewis is the Tyson fight.

Oscar de lay Hoya, light middleweight champion
It should be Oscar's year again
As for the other fights - it just depends which Lennox turns up - if the one who lost to Hasim Rahman shows up, then the Klitschkos have a great chance.

But if he is focused on the job in hand, those fights should not be a problem

I also think Roy Jones Jr will be too quick for John Ruiz in their planned WBA heavyweight title fight.

Carl Froch is my one to watch.

He has been featured a lot on the BBC and he is a very talented super middleweight.

He's only had four or five fights but I'd expect him to have maybe 10-12 bouts this year.

I'd think that in a year or so, he will be ready for a domestic title fight but I would not rush him.


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