Britain’s David Haye expects world heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev to be an ugly opponent when they fight for the WBA title next month, but the smell also worries him.
Haye, who fights the “Beast from the East” in Germany on Nov. 7, was not so much stirring up a hornets’ nest at a trash-talking news conference on Monday as wading in with a smile and the biggest stick at his disposal.
The 28-year-old said he hoped to get under the giant Russian’s skin to the point where the champion steps into the Nuremberg ring with real hatred clouding his vision.
“I always fight better when my opponent’s angry,” said Haye, who traded insults with a “look-alike” Valuev in hooded robe and Halloween fright mask before punching the head off a lifesize cardboard cutout.
“I relish that, I need him to come out there and throw a lot of punches. I thrive off that excitement and that anticipation before a fight,” he said.
“I’m going to get him in a position where he really wants to not only beat me but to kill me,” Haye said.
“I know he’s big on hunting, on shooting bears and pigs and whatever. I want him to go out there and treat me the same way he tries to treat those animals,” he said.
Haye, who has a 21-1 winning record, will be giving away 40kg in weight and 30cm in height to the tallest and heaviest champion ever, who has yet to be floored in a 16 year professional career with just one defeat in 52 fights.
Haye, who has previously called Valuev “the ugliest thing I have ever seen,” said there would be nothing pretty about the David versus Goliath battle.
“All you’ve got to do is look at a picture of the guy and that speaks volumes. I consider him more of a circus show freak that happens to be boxing,” the Londoner said.
“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,” Haye said.
“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,” the “Hayemaker” said.
“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,” he added.
“Hopefully he runs a cold tap over himself or someone hoses him down outside before he comes in,” Haye said.
Haye would be Britain’s first heavyweight title holder since Lennox Lewis retired six years ago and he said he would do “anything humanly possible” to succeed.
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