David Haye isn't laying off the trash talk ahead of his long-awaited clash with Wladimir Klitschko on July 2. With the fight definitely back on and press conferences and interviews starting to pile up in a hurry, you can expect more of this up until the actual fight.
Today, Haye was in rare -- well, perhaps ordinary for Haye -- form at a press conference, verbally attacking Klitschko from all angles.
"I've seen his style, I've seen what he does in the ring, I've seen how he comes to the ring and I believe he's a fraud. I believe the people he's fought have made him look spectacular, down to the fact that he wears big shoulder pads in his gown on his way to the ring." ... "I'm the one who got the (WBA) belt. This is the one they wanted, they've had their chance to fight for it but I believe it didn't happen because Valuev didn't fit their little fat American MO that they like to fit but I'm definitely someone who is going to mess with Wladimir."
Now, Haye is funny (in my opinion), and he makes for great press. That and the guy can fight. He's the real deal in the ring.
But the WBA part is rather hilarious for those who follow boxing to any real degree. Before Haye lifted the belt from Nikolai Valuev in a dreadful fight, the WBA belt was laughable even for an alphabet soup belt. Even by lowered standards, the WBA heavyweight title was a joke, as it was constantly defended in a circle jerk sort of affair with Valuev, John Ruiz and Ruslan Chagaev, with fringe contenders thrown in as appetizers now and then. And the full course meals -- the resulting Valuev-Ruiz-Chagaev love triangle -- are sort of like getting a great big portion of food from a really bad restaurant. You know, those family-owned deals that use all the cheapest ingredients and offer a seven-page menu that covers every type of food in the world save for Mongolian barbecue, it would seem, and none of it is made well.
But other than that, Haye continues today and will continue in the coming weeks to get under the skin of Wladimir Klitschko. Either he's rattling Klitschko a little bit, or he's awakening a sleeping giant.