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Haye calms fears over preparation

By Ben Dirs

David Haye
Haye has won 22 of his 23 pro fights, 21 by knockout

David Haye says he is fully focused on his clash with WBA heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev on 7 November, despite fears over the Briton's preparation.

Haye normally trains in Northern Cyprus but promotional commitments meant he had to relocate to his home city of London ahead of the bout in Nuremberg.

"The preparation is the same, nothing has changed," Haye told BBC Sport.

"This time there has been a lot more on the promotional side but I don't mind, I'm just trying to spread the word."

Haye faces Valuev on Sky pay-per-view and has hyped the fight by being involved in a number of publicity stunts, leading 7ft Valuev to label him "an idiot".

At a recent news conference, Haye 'fought' a man dressed as a goblin, meant to be Valuev, before decapitating a cardboard model of his Russian opponent, who has kept a far lower profile since the fight was announced in July.

Haye, 29, had previously called Valuev, who is nine inches taller and approximately 90lb heavier, a "circus show freak" and questioned his personal hygiene.

But the former undisputed cruiserweight king denied he has taken his eye off the ball and stated that he wants "as many people to watch this extravaganza as possible".

"It's a little bit strange not being in Cyprus, normally I'm over there with my head down and not much to do apart from train," added Haye, who is aiming to become Britain's first heavyweight world champion since Lennox Lewis retired in 2003.

"But instead of lying by the pool in Cyprus during my time off I'm doing a load of press and PR stuff but that's why I'm in this game, to entertain and the more people who watch this fight the better.

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"The gym in the Park Plaza hotel in London replicates exactly what we've got in Cyprus, we've got all the same equipment. The only difference is the sun but it's not hot in Cyprus now anyway.

"I like it, I actually like winding my opponents up, the drama of it all. I've always been one to get under my opponents' skin and this time is no different.

"That's what boxing's all about, it's entertainment, you take out the whole hype factor and it can become boring."



see also
Haye v Valuev pics
22 Sep 09 |  Boxing
Russian Valuev slams 'idiot' Haye
20 Oct 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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