By Karl Freitag
WBA heavyweight champion David Haye is a heavy -700 favorite over former Olympic gold medalist Audley Harrison +550 this weekend at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester, England. Both fighters have been waging a war of words leading up to the biggest all-British heavyweight title fight since 1993’s Lewis vs Bruno clash.
“I think it’s now time for me to go out there and close the Audley Harrison show once and for all and end his soap opera of a professional career,” said Haye during the pre-fight build-up. “Audley’s a big name, but he’s known as a boxer that people want to watch get destroyed. There is nobody better at destroying hype-jobs than I am. I don’t think he deserves to fight me – as I don’t think he’s done enough in his career – but I’m happy to do my duty for the British people. The public want to see one final high-profile destruction of Audley Harrison, and I can assure them this will be the last time they ever see him in a boxing ring!”
Harrison insists that he cannot be broken by Haye and that the champion is already starting to wilt. “Don’t be surprised if I knock David Haye out in a couple of rounds, the way it’s going,” Harrison told Sky Sports News.
The final press conference is set for Wednesday. On Thursday both fighters will work out at the Ricky Hatton Gym and Friday’s weigh-in will take place at the The Lowry Art and Entertainment Centre at 2PM.