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Haye throws verbal jabs ahead of Hamburg bout with Klitschko

The Local · 28 Jun 2011, 10:52

Published: 28 Jun 2011 10:52 GMT+02:00

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Klitschko, the IBF and WBO title holder, takes on Britain's Haye, the WBA champion, at Hamburg's Imtech Arena this weekend.

There is no love lost between the pair. Haye, 30, has not wasted any opportunities to antagonise Ukrainian giant Klitschko and refused to shake hands with the fellow champion at Monday's pre-fight press conference.

"I will shake hands with you when I visit you in hospital on Sunday," said Haye, who has dubbed Klitschko 'Bitchko' and 'a fraud' in the past. "It will be an execution like there has never been seen in boxing before."

This is the first heavyweight unification bout since Klitschko took the WBO title from Russia's Sultan Ibragimov in Madison Square Garden in February 2008.

This will be only Haye's fifth heavyweight fight since stepping up from cruiserweight in 2008 and although he has a record of 25 wins with 23 knock-outs from 26 fights, most of which came at the lighter weight.

In comparison Klitschko, 35, has 49 knock-outs from 55 fights with just three defeats from 58 bouts and he insists Haye will be his 50th KO come Saturday night and will treat the brash Brit to some 'reality rehab'.

"There has been a lot of hot air about this fight, I am really excited about it," said Klitschko. "I had my first professional fight in Hamburg back in 1996 and I am looking forward to my 50th knock-out on Saturday night."

Haye's crudest provocation was to appear at a press conference in 2009 wearing a t-shirt with an image of him in a boxing ring brandishing the severed heads of both Klitschko and his older brother Vitali, the WBC champion.

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Haye had been scheduled to meet Klitschko two years ago in Gelsenkirchen but withdrew from the fight with a back injury.


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Your comments about this article

15:35 June 28, 2011 by delvek
Chump Hayes will fall like a deck of cards when his bell gets rung.
16:52 June 28, 2011 by ame64
If you take a closer look at the quality of the fighters here, then they really dont seem to be up to the mark. Somehow I have a feeling that the real contenders are not getting their chance.
10:01 June 29, 2011 by Jerr-Berlin
They're haven't been any "real" heavyweight fighters since the Ali generation of boxers...anyone of perhaps 30 of them would takeout either Klitchko within 5 rounds...
15:59 June 29, 2011 by Englishted
Haye is a good boxer and doesn't need all the cr#p he talks.

I heard him on the radio say that people remember Tyson because he was bad,

this may be true but people remember Ali because he was a great fighter and a interesting man outside the ring.

If he is looking to be remembered then I know which one he should pick.
11:54 July 1, 2011 by showtyd75
well,am looking forward for the fight and l hope and support haye

l wish him the best and pray along with him.

this will be like Tysons fights

God bless haye
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