Is there trouble on the horizon for David Haye? Audley Harrison thinks so. Haye came in at a surprisingly light 210.5 pounds for his fight with Harrison on Saturday, with Harrison at 253.5.
Here's what Harrison told Sky Sports about Haye's weight, in typical Audley fashion:
"He's scared to lose, so he's trained and trained himself like a crazy man - he's got big pictures of me all over his wall - and that's why he's come in so light.
"Me, I've taken my time, I've been professional in my camp and really brought myself. I'm peak and I'm ready for Saturday night.
"David Haye's going to be in a whole heap of trouble if the fight goes into the late rounds, I guarantee you that. I know in his mind he's hoping it's an early night, but I've told him I'm going nowhere in this fight."
Haye isn't concerned about it, insisting he's "very, very happy" with the weight and feels strong.
The 253.5 is right around what Harrison has been weighing over his career, just a bit heavier than he's been during his four-fight win streak. Haye's weight, however, is by far the lowest he's weighed since he jumped full-time to the heavyweight division in 2008, and even lower than he weighed in a one-off heavyweight showcase in 2007. As an official heavyweight, Haye has weighed 217, 215, 217 and 222 in his most recent fight against John Ruiz. That 222 did make Haye look a bit heavier and slightly slower than usual, though it did not hinder a dominant performance against Ruiz.
There shouldn't be much doubt that Haye will still pack a punch coming in where he has for this one. He's still a big man at 6'3" with a 78" reach, and though Harrison is the clearly bigger specimen, Haye is the far better athlete and much faster man. The only worry is that he overtrained himself, and he and Adam Booth are confident that that's not the case.
We'll have live, round-by-round coverage of the Haye-Harrison card tomorrow here at Bad Left Hook.