“I am thrilled to announce that my dream of becoming world heavyweight champion will be realised on November 7, when I challenge the tallest and heaviest champion of all time, Nikolai Valuev,” Haye said.
“David only needed a slingshot and a stone to flatten Goliath, and I’m convinced my right hand generates more power than a stone.
“When I dreamt about fighting for the heavyweight world title I knew the guy would be big, but not this big. It’s a tall order but I am confident in my ability.”
Haye, who has lost one of his 22 professional fights, said he expected the fight to take place in Germany.
“Valuev’s known as The Beast From The East and there’s a reason he’s got that nickname – he’s a big, ugly, sweaty and hairy man from the Eastern Bloc,” Haye added.
“I can’t wait to step into the ring and prove that size doesn’t matter. Mark my words: I will be the first man to knock Nikolai Valuev out.”
The one problem that Haye has now is how to deal with the huge seven foot size of Valuev. Then 6’3” Haye will have to find a way in close enough proximity that he isn’t mauled by the huge Russian bear. Although not much of a puncher, Valuev’s sheer size may be enough on it’s own to cause nightmares for Haye.
“Another thing that is overlooked is that Valuev has great stamina for a fighter his size, whereas in contrast Haye tends to wear down and fade late in his fights. If Haye wears down against Valuev like he did in his 5th round stoppage loss against Carl Thompson in September 2004, then Valuev may be able to take Haye out with one of his clubbing right hands” Chris Williams