Clash pits Haye against Maloney in East End
PUBLISHED: 16:40 12 November 2008 | UPDATED: 13:46 05 October 2010
By LEN WHALEY TWO of the biggest names in British boxing will square off on Saturday night when David Haye and Frank Maloney go head-to-head in a battle for East End fight fans. In the craziest clash of the year, spectators must choose between Haye s hea
By LEN WHALEY
TWO of the biggest names in British boxing will square off on Saturday night when David Haye and Frank Maloney go head-to-head in a battle for East End fight fans.
In the craziest clash of the year, spectators must choose between Haye's heavyweight bout against Monte Barrett at the O2 Arena and Frank Maloney's promotion barely seven miles away at York Hall.
In a bid to land an early blow, Hayemaker Promotions this week slashed prices for their first big London promotion with a series of two-for-one offers to tempt fans to the Docklands venue for what promises to be an explosive contest.
Former Broad Street club amateur Haye takes on 'Two Gunz' Barrett in an encounter that the former cruiserweight king hopes will set him up for a heavyweight title battle against Wladimir Klitschko next year.
The 28-year-old has his sights set on capturing Klitschko's crown and he has promised boxing fans a display of fireworks against Barrett, 37, as he bids to convince America that he is a genuine contender in the heavyweight division.
Haye said: "You're going to see my new heavyweight style. From the first bell there's going to be a lot more aggression and a more exciting style.
"If I knock this guy out and be spectacular then people will be coming to the table. I've got to look like a prime Mike Tyson or a young Lennox Lewis.
"When I do the public will demand me boxing Klitschko because there's no-one else for him to fight."
The bill also features a clash between Ryan Rhodes and Vincent Vuma for the WBC light middleweight title and bouts featuring East London-based light welterweight Michael Grant and former amateur star George Groves.
Yet Haye's hopes of attracting a bumper crowd for his big night at the O2 could be derailed by events at York Hall, where Maloney - who promoted Haye earlier in his career - is staging a rival show headed by crowd pleasers Scott Woolford and Gary Woolcombe.
Welterweight Woolford faces Tom Glover in a Southern Area title fight while light middleweight Woolcombe bids to bounce back from a British title defeat against veteran Matt Scriven.
The bill also features heavyweight hopefuls Larry Olubamiwo and Peacock-trained Tom Dallas, who look to continue their unbeaten campaigns ahead of a possible future showdown.