By Nick Parkinson, courtesy of The Daily Star
WLADIMIR KLITSCHKO still fears David Haye will not turn up for their £40m heavyweight showdown in Hamburg on July 2 despite contracts being signed.
David Haye, 30, pulled out of facing Klitschko in June 2009 with a back injury two weeks before they were due to fight in Germany.
The pair came face to face at a New York press conference for the first time in two years and IBF and WBO champ Klitschko, 35, is confident of capturing a third world title belt – providing Haye turns up.
He said: “I will not believe this fight until I see David Haye in the corner on July 2. Thank God he is going in to the ring first. Then I’ll see he’s there, so I can come in.
“I have knocked out 49 fighters and David Haye is going to be the 50th on my list. I am looking forward to it.
“Defeat is not an option. Me and my brother Vitali are going to unify the belts. The WBA is the only one we don’t have.”
Haye hit back by telling him: “You’re boring and I’d rather watch paint dry.
“The reason why I’m here is people want you to get knocked out so there’s some excitement in the heavyweight division.”