26th June 2010
Haye 30, taking part in his career defining fight, believes the tricks he has up his sleeve and the strategy of going to ‘battle’ with Klitschko, will be too much for his fellow champion and the former world cruiserweight champion says he will look to inflict as much damage as he possibly can on Dr. Steelhammer.
“I am in peak condition, really good shape. I look in the mirror and my body is unrecognisable to what it was six months ago.” said Haye to the press.
“I’ve got a couple of tricks up my sleeve so look out for those. When he least expects it, he will have it.”
Haye has prepared for this fight by sparring the best young unbeaten heavyweight prospects trainer Adam Booth could muster together and the champions preparations at his gym under a railway arch in Vauxhall, south London, have gone so well that he stopped his sparring over three weeks ago.
Tall heavyweight Klitschko clones Robert Helenius, David Price, plus American’s, Deontay Wilder, and Kelvin Price, were all drafted in to prepare Haye for the task that lies ahead in Germany.
He said: “We got it where we want it to. When I’m training and landing the shots I need to land and avoiding the shots I don’t need to get hit with, I know I’ve got it.
“There’s no need to go over the same things again and again so we stopped early.
“Technically my timing is there and I was doing everything on the pads that I was doing in sparring.
“I had great sparring partners – .
“The guys I had were all unbeaten contenders, which you don’t normally get.
“Look at the same sparring partners Wladimir has used over the years – Michael Sprott, Ola Afolabi. He has the usual sparring partners who turn up and take big jabs all night long, get their pay cheque and everyone is happy.
“But Adam made sure I was tested. I wasn’t sparring to knock people out – I just wanted to land quality shots and I was doing that. If I was landing a good shot I’d step back and let them freshen up and we’d work again.
“I was happy how sparring went. All of the guys were up for it and ready to go and gave me great rounds.
“I’m in peak condition, really good shape. I look in the mirror and my body is unrecognisable to what it was six months ago.
With Haye promising to retire in October, only victory will guarantee him fighting beyond next weekend.
Haye v Klitschko is exclusively live on Sky Box Office HD & 3D on Saturday, July 2. Book Now on: sky.com/orderboxoffice