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David Haye motivated by 'hate' of Audley Harrison

David Haye v Audley Harrison, WBA heavyweight championship
Venue: MEN Arena, Manchester Date: Saturday 13 November
Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live (from 2200 GMT), text commentary online and on mobile phones; Live on Sky Box Office

Haye v Harrison weigh-in

David Haye claims hatred of challenger Audley Harrison has fuelled his preparations for the defence of his WBA heavyweight title on Saturday.

The pair fell out four years ago and ahead of the Manchester bout Haye said: "In training you can use hate as fuel.

"I've posters of Audley all over my gym and when I start to slow down I look at them and the pace goes back up."

Haye has a sizeable weight disadvantage coming in at 15st ½lb (95.5kg), more than three stone lighter than Harrison.

However, the champion, who weighed 15st 12lbs (100.7kg) for his last fight against John Ruiz in April, seemed unconcerned by his 39-year-old rival's extra bulk.

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"I'm stronger than I was from the last fight, I'm pushing more weights. I've not been cutting corners in the gym, I've done everything right," said Haye, who is making the second defence of the title he won from giant Russian Nikolay Valuev last November.

"Before we started training I was told if I hit all my targets in the gym, if I had a perfect training camp, then I'd come in around 15 stone."

Harrison, who tipped the scales at 18st 1½lbs (115kg), was bullish about his chances of causing an upset, saying: "It's a good thing for me that he's come in light. In a long, hard fight that's going to be to my advantage and his disadvantage.

"This is going to be about who's the better fighter and I believe 100% that's me."

He added: "You know what? There's no hate on my side, this is strictly business," added the former European and Olympic champion.

"David Haye has done me wrong, coming through, but it's no big deal. Once I've knocked David Haye out, I hope people show him compassion and help him up."

Haye's fans won the battle of the supporters when the 30-year-old entered the arena for Friday's weigh-in to a boisterous welcome at the MEN Arena.

The 6ft 3ins Londoner wore a baggy white T-shirt embossed with 'No You Can't' in big, bold writing on the front - a riposte to Harrison's adoption of Barrack Obama's Presidential 'yes you can' campaign slogan.

Haye smiled and shook hands with former world heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis before waving to the crowd.

In comparison, Harrison looked the more serious but did take an opportunity to orchestrate his supporters to a rendition of 'Yes You Can'.

This is going to be about who's the better fighter and I believe 100% that's me

Audley Harrison

Despite his relaxed demeanour, Haye admitted to being uncertain over how Harrison would go about his business.

"I don't know what he's going to bring. A solid jab - I'm hoping he's going to ram home that left uppercut and left hand.

"He's talked about hurting me in sparring with that left hand. I can't remember that, but apparently it happened, so we'll see!"

Haye had hoped to have retired as undisputed champion this year but with negotiations with WBC champion Vitali Klitschko and IBF/WBO king Wladimir repeatedly coming to nothing, the Londoner has been forced to alter his plans.

"In an ideal world I'll fight both Klitschkos next year and retire," he continued.

"First they need to get off their high horses and realise I bring more to the table than they do."

The fight will be only the third time two Britons have fought for a world heavyweight crown.

The two previous all-British heavyweight world title fights were Lewis v Frank Bruno in 1993 and Lewis v Henry Akinwande in 1997 (both for Lewis's WBC crown).



see also
Haye v Harrison weigh-in
12 Nov 10 |  Boxing
Haye questions Harrison's heart
10 Nov 10 |  Boxing
Harrison can upset Haye - Lewis
07 Nov 10 |  Boxing
Harrison 'feels sorry' for Haye
01 Nov 10 |  Boxing
Last-gasp Harrison stops Sprott
09 Apr 10 |  Boxing
Haye set to start Klitschko talks
13 Apr 10 |  Boxing
Harrison wins Prizefighter title
03 Oct 09 |  Boxing


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