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Haye taunts 'circus freak' Valuev

Haye knocks Valuev's block off

David Haye aims to make Nikolay Valuev as angry as possible before their eagerly anticipated world heavyweight clash in Nuremberg on 7 November.

Londoner Haye, 28, called WBA champion Valuev a "circus show freak" at a news conference on Monday, before adding the Russian "doesn't smell too sweet".

"I always fight better when my opponent's angry," said Haye.

"I'm going to get him in a position where he really wants to not only beat me but to kill me."

Former undisputed cruiserweight champion Haye will be giving away nine inches in height and approximately 90lb in weight to Valuev, who has lost just once in 52 fights and never been knocked down.


But Haye, who has fought as a heavyweight only three times, said Valuev would be "too clumsy" and technically deficient to defeat him.

"He doesn't have the technical ability to beat someone as fast and as experienced as me," said Haye, who has 21 wins from 22 professional fights.

"There are certain aspects of his game that are very effective, he's got a very good and fast jab, a double jab, he throws a nice upper cut. But he's going to need a lot more than those three shots to beat me.

"He's an ugly type of fighter, he tries to lean on you, tries to brawl and comes out with a really hairy chest that gets matted and is disgusting.

"I've never been a big fan of the matted hair in my face. The size I am, I sort of come up to his chest and apparently the word around the campfire is that he doesn't smell too sweet.

Hopefully someone hoses him down outside before he comes in

David Haye on Nikolay Valuev

"I've talked to a few guys that have been in the ring with him and they say that's the first thing they notice, just the stench.

"Hopefully he runs a cold tap over himself or someone hoses him down outside before he comes in."

Haye would be Britain's first heavyweight world champion since Lennox Lewis retired six years ago were he to beat the 36-year-old Valuev.

see also
Holyfield queries Haye experience
01 Oct 09 |  Boxing
Haye to meet Valuev in Nuremberg
19 Sep 09 |  Boxing
Klitschko still keen to face Haye
20 Jun 09 |  Boxing
Haye 'an embarrassment to boxing'
20 Apr 09 |  Boxing
Haye targets Klitschko brothers
16 Nov 08 |  Boxing
Stunning Haye demolishes Barrett
15 Nov 08 |  Boxing
Awesome Haye stops Maccarinelli
09 Mar 08 |  Boxing
Valuev ends Holyfield title dream
20 Dec 08 |  Boxing

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