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Russian Valuev slams 'idiot' Haye

David Haye (right) and Nikolay Valuev
Haye (right) is giving away a massive weight and height advantage

WBA heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev has dismissed opponent David Haye as just "another idiot" after the British boxer's latest publicity stunt.

At a recent news conference, Haye 'fought' a man dressed as a goblin, meant to be Valuev, before decapitating a cardboard model of the Russian.

"I cannot take him seriously," said Valuev, who fights the 29-year-old Haye in Nuremberg on 7 November.

"He can say whatever he likes - it will not get him my title.

"When I heard about the T-shirts of the Klitschkos (Vitali and Wladimir), I thought 'oh my God, another idiot'."


Last week Haye also called the 7ft giant a "circus show freak" while later mocking his personal hygiene.

And Valuev's promoter Kalle Sauerland admitted to being mildly amused by Haye's antics.

"Haye's behaviour is very strange and not normal at all," he said. "I think one German phrase sums it up well: '1,000 volts, but no light'."

The 36-year-old Valuev, who has lost just once in 52 fights and has 34 knockouts, is nine inches taller and approximately 90lb heavier than his rival.

Haye has lost once in 23 fights and is aiming to become Britain's first heavyweight world champion since Lennox Lewis retired in 2003.

see also
Haye v Valuev pics
22 Sep 09 |  Boxing
Haye taunts 'circus freak' Valuev
12 Oct 09 |  Boxing
Holyfield queries Haye experience
01 Oct 09 |  Boxing
Haye to meet Valuev in Nuremberg
19 Sep 09 |  Boxing
Haye 'an embarrassment to boxing'
20 Apr 09 |  Boxing
Valuev ends Holyfield title dream
20 Dec 08 |  Boxing

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