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Haye: The Klitschko Fight Will Outdo Lewis-Tyson on PPV

By Nick Parkinson, courtesy of The Daily Star

DAVID HAYE has dumped his trash talk as he claims he no longer needs it to sell his Wladimir Klitschko fight.

But David Haye is not suddenly going soft as the big fight approaches, insisting he has no regrets about insulting his opponents – even if it has offended fans and turned them against him.

The Londoner admits it was done simply to sell his fights and gain exposure as he progressed from world cruiserweight ­champion to world heavyweight champ.

Now Haye, 30, is in the final stages of his preparation for the world ­heavyweight title unification clash with Klitschko in Germany on July 2.

Klitschko, 35, has been Haye’s target of abuse for more than two years and is still raging from a 2009 stunt where the WBA heavyweight king wore a T-Shirt showing him holding the ­Klitschko brothers’ decapitated heads.

Haye has also called the Ukrainian brothers ‘Bitchkos’ to their face but he said: “People might think it’s disrespectful and distasteful but it has got me to the position I am in today.

“I wouldn’t say I’m the most politically ­correct person in the world. I say what I want and it rubs half the people up the wrong way and the other half laugh about it.

“If people don’t like what I say, they can tune in and watch me get beaten up. As long as you feel ­passionately about me one way or another, it doesn’t matter.

“A lot of people realise I say a lot of things tongue-in-cheek, it makes for a good headline and an entertaining fight.

“Nobody wants to see two anonymous guys who no one cares about.

“When I was doing a lot of the stuff I was ­doing, I wasn’t the champion. I was the ­challenger, so I was doing things to get ­attention and get noticed.

“Back then it brought big viewing figures but now I’ve got a title, I don’t believe I need to do some of the stunts I was doing then.

“Me doing those things got me noticed and allowed me to bypass those five or six other mandatory nobodies to get a title shot.

“I had one fight against Monte Barrett and then I was straight in there, fighting for the world title against Nikolai Valuev.”

Haye reckons his scrap with Klitschko is ­bigger than Lennox Lewis-Mike Tyson in 2002.

Lewis-Tyson got 800,000 pay-per-view buys – but Haye is confident more people will tune in for what may be his last fight if he keeps to his October ­retirement deadline.

He added: “Pay-per-view numbers will speak for themselves but I ­believe this will outdo Tyson-Lewis.

“They were both in the twilight of their careers but this fight has two champions in their prime.”

Haye versus Klitschko is exclusively live on Sky Box Office HD & 3D on Saturday, July 2. Book now on sky.com/orderboxoffice

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Dave Rado on 06-19-2011

[QUOTE=Ray*;10715619]Yeah i get irritated sometimes when people talk like america is the only country that watches and buy boxing event, Am pretty sure Haye was refering to PPV sales in the UK or Europe, [/QUOTE] If so he was being…

Comment by Manny#1ATG on 06-19-2011

The fight is on regular HBO here. More Americans would know Klit from TMZ than from seeing him box. If you showed people a picture of Haye nobody would know who he is.

Comment by Dave Rado on 06-19-2011

[QUOTE=Juuza;10715558]Tyson was beyond shot when he fought Lewis and he also got caught smoking drugs prior to the fight,so if this fight beats that ridiculous fight fraud named Tyson -Lewis it is not a big deal.[/QUOTE] Of course it would…

Comment by Dave Rado on 06-19-2011

[QUOTE=Rocky=Ward;10715235]you know, not everyone is american[/QUOTE] Yes, but see [URL="http://www.boxingscene.com/forums/showthread.php?p=10713419#post10713419"]here[/URL].

Comment by Gumby McPokey on 06-19-2011

[QUOTE=SP1;10715899]Nobody would have cared about this fight a decade ago. The main reason why there is so much hype behind this fight is because Wladimir is fighting a genuine challenger and not some bloated fighter going for a paycheck. The…

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