David Haye and Audley Harrison will meet this Saturday at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester for Haye's WBA heavyweight title, and today the two fighters got in their final round of talking. Well, final until one of them gets another microphone in his face over the next couple of days, anyway.
Harrison says the two, who used to be friends, became rivals years ago after a sparring session in the United States.
"The sparring session I had with David when he tried to punch me from pillar to post showed me what he was about. Then, not putting me on one of his shows when I asked him to put me on, I realized he was just about himself."
Haye, as always, had a retort:
"I don’t know, it comes from him being an idiot, basically. Him being delusional and thinking he’s got some sort of divine right. I don’t understand how he calculates that he can beat me..."
These two have done their best to talk this fight up, and I don't know what the attitude in the UK is toward this fight (non-media hype, I mean), but I know in the States it's just not on the radar. Coming the same day as a Pacquiao fight doesn't help, of course, nor does the fact that it's not available on TV here of any kind, but the perception of Haye mostly centers on the fact that he has "ducked" the Klitschko brothers, and Harrison has never had enough success to become much of a name to American fans.
Still, we'll be watching on Saturday afternoon, and will have live coverage on the site for the event. Make sure to check out our in-depth preview of the bout, if you haven't done so.