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David Haye, Audley Harrison speak on Nov. 13 fight

David Haye and Audley Harrison had some good back-and-forth exchanges at today's presser in London. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
David Haye and Audley Harrison had some good back-and-forth exchanges at today's presser in London. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Sky Sports has video from the press conference officially announcing the November 13 fight between David Haye and Audley Harrison for Haye's WBA heavyweight belt. Here are a couple of choice quotes from the presser.

David Haye:

"I don't believe Audley deserves it, a shot at the heavyweight title. But fortunate for him, or unfortunately for him, depending on which way you look at it, there's enough people in Britain that wanna see him get finally destroyed. Get completely annihilated. And that's why this fight is happening. There's that many people -- I get more emails to fight Audley Harrison than anybody else in the world. And everybody feels passionately that they want me to finally close the curtain on the joke that is the Audley Harrison show. And that's what I'm gonna do. Audley knows me. He's known me for years. He knows how devastating I am in the ring. He's tasted it first-hand in sparring sessions. He knows what type of character I am. I'm no joke. At all. Once the bell rings, I'm the most devastating fighter on the planet. And he'll figure that out. If he thinks he's been beaten before, if he thinks he's been hurt in the ring before, think again, Audley, son. This is the time your career gets well and truly finished. If you think Michael Sprott hurt you, think again. You were just unconscious in that fight."

Audley Harrison:

"I'm double ecstatic that [I'm fighting] David Haye [for the title], a guy that I groomed. A guy when I was 29, Olympic champion, David was 19. Yes, I know David Haye very well. And yes I've tasted his punches and tasted his power. And he never, ever hurt me in those training sessions. Never, ever knocked me out in those training sessions, although he tried. What you need to realize is that it's my destiny, and trust me when I tell you this. My left hand at some point in that fight is going to land on your chin. And trust me, Audley Harrison, November the 13th, is the new heavyweight champion, no doubt."

It's a pretty entertaining watch if you've got about 10 minutes. There's a good bit of back-and-forth, including Harrison once saying that he doesn't talk just to talk, which gets a laugh out of Haye. The real standout to me was Haye's snide comment about Harrison's "concussive jab."

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