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Booth: Haye is Much Better Now Than Two Years Ago

Adam Booth is not concerned if David Haye has been quieter than usual in the build-up to his fight with Wladimir Klitschko.

That's because he expects the Hayemaker's actions to do the talking on July 2.

The British heavyweight has not been trash-talking as much as usual in his press conferences ahead of the world title unification bout in Hamburg next month.

Haye famously enraged the Ukranian brothers in 2009 by wearing a t-shirt which depicted him holding their chopped-off heads and despite Klitschko calling for him to wear it again, there have been no stunts of that nature in recent weeks.

And his trainer, Booth, says he's more concerned about his gym sessions than he is about a war of words in the media.

"I've heard him say quite a lot in the lead-up to this," he told Sky Sports News HD.

"As far as I'm concerned, he's making the noises that he has to make in the gym with his actions.

"At this stage of the game everyone knows about the fight and everyone wants to watch the fight.

"Everyone's heard the story of the t-shirt and stuff that David's done to build it up and Wladimir's reaction, so don't keep repeating it and don't keep saying the same thing.

"I couldn't care less about that. All I care about is whether David's doing what he has to do to win the fight."

Haye won the WBA title by beating Nikolay Valuev in November 2009 and Booth feels subsequent defences against John Ruiz and Audley Harrison have primed him for the biggest fight of his life.

Speaking at an open training session in London, Booth claimed that his fighter is in "phenomenal" shape and, like his opponent, is in the best condition of his career.

But he says their gameplan to topple Klitschko is largely the same as it would have been when they were scheduled to fight two years ago.

He said: "The basic principles are the same, it's just that now David is even more equipped than he was back then to get them off.

"He's more experienced as well; having been through a big world heavyweight title fight against Valuev, a big guy, and defending it twice.

"It doesn't hurt, that experience, just as Wlad's got 50-odd fights of experience. He's in a much better place as a man.

"But I know they're both in their prime. Wlad's 35 now and he's in his fighting prime, but so's David, so you're going to get one hell of a spectacle."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ChopperRead on 06-14-2011

[QUOTE=Gumby McPokey;10694819]Two years of not fighting anyone has somehow made David Haye better? I don't think so. Three weeks left until the castle built on hype comes tumbling down.[/QUOTE] After Haye fought Monte Barrett and got knocked down, he said…

Comment by ChopperRead on 06-14-2011

[QUOTE=Enzo Mc is ****;10694043]tbf Haye used to get hit. A lot. [B]He barely got touched against Valuev [/B]and we all know about Audley. Ruiz hit him far too much but that was a complacent and unprofessional performance (although it was…

Comment by Gumby McPokey on 06-14-2011

Two years of not fighting anyone has somehow made David Haye better? I don't think so. Three weeks left until the castle built on hype comes tumbling down.

Comment by Enzo Mc is SHIT on 06-14-2011

tbf Haye used to get hit. A lot. He barely got touched against Valuev and we all know about Audley. Ruiz hit him far too much but that was a complacent and unprofessional performance (although it was still a pretty…

Comment by William Blake on 06-14-2011

Booth is an utter fool. How could a fem like that make accurate statement's about boxing? Haye's last two opponents are John Ruiz and Audley Harrison. Wow! That's real pedigree! Fighting warriors like that, it's easy to see how Haye…

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