Haye v Harrison - Build up to the Big Bout
David Haye makes the second defence of his WBA Heavyweight title at the M.E.N Arena on Saturday against Audley Harrison in one of the most eagerly anticipated boxing matches in recent times.
The publicity bandwagon has been in motion over the past ten days and looks set to enter overdrive as we enter fight week. Both Haye and Harrison have took it in turns to appear on Saturday morning football show Soccer AM, each unleashing a torrent of boxing clichés aimed at their opponent hoping to drum up more interest in the bout and obviously, a bigger payout from their Pay-Per-View sales.
Audley Harrison even managed to take to the field at the Emirates, the home ground of his beloved Arsenal, during their match with Newcastle. Gesturing his arms in a shadow boxing type motion I think he made it clear to the thousands of fans that he was indeed a gold medal winning athlete, something that his performances in the ring over the last decade have not.
Harrison though is a huge underdog going into the fight at 9/2, compared to the 1/8 on offer for the current champ' David Haye.
The ‘Hayemaker' is aware of the strengths of his opponent but will be looking to expose the gaping weaknesses at the same time.
"This is the opportunity he has waited for, so I'd be dumb not to think that he will do all he can to take the championship from me."
"But if he thinks he knows professional boxing, he is in for a massive surprise on Saturday."
In terms of form, ability and levels, this is close to a mismatch. Haye has promised Sky 3D viewers will be able to watch a one dimensional fighter get a three dimensional beating. The former cruiserweight champion is hoping to create a legacy of ending the career of Harrison and setting himself up for further future glory.
Haye has been talking up the destruction that awaits his former friend this coming weekend.
"He will never have met anyone who throws punches as fast and as accurately as me. I am going to bring him a lot of pain."
Haye and his manager Adam Booth both know that beating the man dubbed ‘Fraudley' by his knockers will not guarantee his place in boxing folklore or earn him legendary status. This would only come by a unification of the world heavyweight belts, something that hasn't happened since a certain Lennox Lewis achieved the feat.
The ‘legacy' of which Haye talks about could therefore only be attained by defeating one or both of the Klitschko brothers.
One man that has belief in Audley Harrison is the aforementioned Lennox Lewis. The former three-time world champion believes that ‘A-Force' could have the power and perseverance to cause a huge shock in Manchester.
With 9 markets already available on the bout and many more to come, get ready for the the big fight right here at William Hill.