Other Sport

Valuev vows to beat Haye

2009-11-02 15:53
Large foe (File)

Berlin - WBA heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev has arrived in Nuremberg ready for Saturday's fight with British challenger David Haye insisting he will leave Bavaria with his title.

Valuev, 36, takes on Haye at the Nuremberg Arena with former cruiserweight Haye eager to claim his first world title and the Londoner has accused the 2.13m tall Russian of being a "circus freak" in the pre-fight build-up.

But Valuev has kept silent despite his opponent's taunts as he looks to pick up his 51st professional win with 34 knock-outs and just one defeat, to Ruslan Chagaev in April 2007, on his record.

"I am in great shape and I will take home my title with me," said the Russian.

"I really look forward to the fight."

Haye, 29, is 23cm shorter and nearly 40kg lighter than Valuev in what is a true David versus Goliath contest.

The brash Brit - who labelled IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Vladimir Klitschko as 'Bitchko' - has been sparring with his trainer wearing 15cm-high boots to prepare for the height disadvantage he will face.

Referring to the biblical tale of diminutive David slaying the towering Goliath with a single blow to the head, Haye has used the fable in TV advertising for the fight.

"David beat Goliath...," says Haye looking into the camera, "....and this is my sling shot," he says holding up his fist.

Valuev has never been knocked down in 51 fights, but Haye insists he can be the first fighter to put the towering Russian on the canvas.

"There's a lot of people saying it's a crazy tactic to knock him out," he said.

"He's never been hurt, never been knocked down. But on my record, 21 out of my 22 victories have come by knockout."

Read more on:    david haye  |  bavaria  |  berlin  |  nuremberg


Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • Blitz
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @00:00
  • SS1
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @01:00
  • SS2
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @02:00
  • SS3
    Mon, 24 Nov 2014 @03:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs

How much of a runner are you?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.