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David Haye denies betting on himself to beat Harrison

Inside Haye's post-fight dressing room

WBA heavyweight champion David Haye has denied betting on himself to beat Audley Harrison in the third round of their world title fight on Saturday.

The British Boxing Board of Control (BBBC) rules prohibit fighters from placing wagers on their own bouts.

"I didn't need to bet, I made enough money from the fight anyway," Haye told BBC Radio 5 live.

The BBBC later confirmed they would discuss Haye's remarks at their board meeting in December.

The board could also decide to withhold part of Harrison's purse after he threw only one punch, although BBBC secretary Robert Smith said that would be "tricky".

And Haye added it would be "harsh" for the board to penalise his challenger on Saturday night despite his dismal showing.

In the aftermath of his demolition of fellow Briton Harrison in Manchester, Haye claimed to have "put a lot of money on the third round".

But asked to clarify the comments, Haye told 5 live he had merely encouraged friends and family to bet on that outcome.

"I didn't physically go into a betting shop and say here's X amount of money," he said.

"What I did say is I would knock Audley Harrison out in three rounds. My prediction was the third round and I told a lot of people that and it was true.

"It makes the fight a lot more exciting for people. It did feel like I'd bet on myself because so many people had put money on it.

"If it had gone into the fourth round I would have felt guilty."

Haye's in-depth analysis of Harrison fight

BBBC secretary Robert Smith stated he was "disappointed" Haye claimed not to know the rules preventing boxers betting on themselves.

"Every year we send out the rules and regulations. The betting rule is in the regulations and if he had read it he would have known the rule," Smith told 5 live.

Despite his disappointment Smith initially suggested he was satisfied by Haye's explanation and was "fairly happy that everything was OK".

However, Smith subsequently suggested: "Just like any other sport, we are being looked at very closely with regard to betting at this present time, and we don't need [anyone else] saying he has definitely done this and definitely done that.

"I think [Haye] did just get caught up in the heat of the moment after the fight, but we will have to consider it further."

Former Olympic champion Harrison had said it was his destiny to beat Haye, but landed only one punch in a one-sided mismatch.


Smith confirmed the board has the power to withhold payments from a fighter deemed not to have given 100%.

"I think on this occasion we will be receiving reports but it is a difficult one to take a purse from a boxer who is earning his living doing that," Smith continued.

"However, there is only one person who knows what happened and that is Audley Harrison and he has to live with that for the rest of his life."

Haye said Harrison "deserves his money" for the fight, suggesting that his opponent's tactics had backfired.

"I'm a counter-puncher and I think his game plan was to get me into the later part of the fight," Haye stated.

"The shots I hit him with were really big and he took the punishment. He was in a bad way afterwards.

"He put his life on the line in that ring and in training."

Harrison, 39, has yet to decide whether he will continue fighting.

"I'm not sure where I go from here in boxing, but I'll lick my wounds, take some time out with my family and see what I want to do," said Harrison in a statement.

see also
Haye and Harrison fight 'a farce'
15 Nov 10 |  Front Page
Warren queries Haye's bet claims
14 Nov 10 |  Boxing
Klitschkos next on Haye's agenda
14 Nov 10 |  Boxing
Haye stops Harrison to keep title
13 Nov 10 |  Boxing
Saturday boxing as it happened
13 Nov 10 |  Boxing
Haye v Harrison weigh-in
12 Nov 10 |  Boxing

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