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Haye: I'll knock Fury out in two rounds

ESPN staff
September 18, 2013
David Haye is confident to say the least of his chances against Tyson Fury © PA Photos

David Haye has vowed to knock out Tyson Fury within two rounds after ramping up the trash talk ahead of their September 28 showdown.

The two British heavyweights will clash at the Manchester Arena with Fury, 25, putting his unbeaten record on the line. However Haye, who has lost only two of his 28 paid fights, remains favourite and is confident he can wrap up proceedings early on.

"Tyson Fury, if he somehow manages to get through the first round, he's getting knocked out in the second round," said Haye.

"Rarely do I make predictions this far out from a fight, I usually wait until the day of the fight or the weigh-in, until I look in their eyes, but I just can't see Tyson Fury going into the third round, he's getting knocked out pretty fast. I can't wait to get in there and rip this poor young lad's head off. Tyson Fury is going to be in a world of trouble."

Haye also taunted Fury by insisting the sparring partners he has brought in for his training camp would all "do a number" on his fellow Briton.

In preparation for the bout, the Haye camp have drafted in unbeaten American Deontay Wilder and Pole Mariusz Wach - who lost on points to WBA, IBF and WBO king Wladimir Klitschko last year - as well as Sheffield's Richard Towers and Ukrainian Alexander Dimitrenko.

"I've brought over big, big punchers to spar. I have no doubt whatsoever that the guys brought over would do a number on Fury," said Haye.

"Each of them would make Fury look silly in a fight. Wilder would spark him, Wach would maul him from pillar to post and Towers and Dimitrenko would outbox him round after round. Now imagine what I'm going to do with him.

"It's been one of the hardest training camps I've ever had to endure. I've had top quality sparring partners pushing me to the limit. But I'm still standing and I'm ready to go.

"I said to my trainer Adam Booth, I want the best possible sparring partners, the toughest, biggest, strongest guys. He said 'you sure?'. I said 'yeah, bring 'em in'. Wilder's had 29 fights, 29 wins, and 29 knockouts. He'll be world champion one day. He's been landing some big bombs on me. He's real tough.

"Wach is another big man mountain, one of the toughest guys I've ever been in the ring with. They're switch-hitting, awkward young guys pushing me every day."

Haye, whose last fight was a stoppage win against Dereck Chisora last July, also felt compelled to respond to comments from Fury suggesting the 32-year-old's height and age would count against him.

"I'm the fastest heavyweight on the planet," said Haye. "I've taken shots from the biggest guys on the planet. My chin's good. I'm 32, that's not old. I'm not as young as him but he's green. I was world champion while he was still an amateur, that's the difference. I've been at the highest level for a long, long time. This is his first step up. He's gonna get checked pretty quick.

"He says he's got youth and hunger. He's got hunger - look at his gut, clearly he's got hunger issues. If you look at his stomach there's not a six pack in sight, it's just pure rolls. For a 25-year-old athlete he should be in the prime of his life, look at him, he's an absolute state.

"He's six-foot-nine, I fought and beat the biggest heavyweight champion in history, Nikolai Valuev - he was seven-foot-two, so height isn't an issue. The guys I've brought into my training camp are the same height and dimensions, some even bigger, and I've done OK. Come fight night it doesn't matter, he's gonna be flat out on the canvas and my hand will be raised."

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