It's a Knockout - Haye warns Maccarinelli
PUBLISHED: 14:27 06 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:04 05 October 2010
By Len Whaley ENZO Maccarinelli got a blunt message from David Haye, before the two explosive punchers meet in their Bombs Away battle at at London s O2 Arena in the early hours of Sunday morning: You have not got a hope Enzo. The rivals hold world th
By Len Whaley
ENZO Maccarinelli got a blunt message from David Haye, before the two explosive punchers meet in their 'Bombs Away' battle at at London's O2 Arena in the early hours of Sunday morning: "You have not got a hope Enzo."
The rivals hold world three titles - Haye is the WBA and WBC cruiserweight champion and Maccarinelli has the WBO belt and their clash is being hailed as the biggest domestic duel in many years.
The clash promises fireworks all the way and Haye, who during a highly successful amateur career was a member of Stepney's Broad Street Boxing club, can see only one winner.
"Enzo has improved a lot but he is going to get knocked out - I only have to turn up to win," says the confident fighter, who insists he will move up to clean up at heavyweight after winning this weekend.
Promoter Frank Warren's Sports Network group stage the showdown. Not only is it being screened in the UK on Setanta, but it has also been snapped up by Showtime for a live screening in the States.
The prospect of the battle of the big punchers has excited fight fans for many months, but looked no more than a dream when Haye and promoter Warren were unable to agree terms after Swansea's Maccarinelli put pen to paper.
Chances of getting the pair together looked even more remote when Haye beat Jean Marc Mormeck to lift the WBA and WBC world titles, as the London fighter insisted he could no longer make weight.
But tempted to remain at cruiserweight for one last fight by a career-high purse, Haye will once more boil his massive frame down to 14 st 4lbs.
His struggles at the weight are well documented, but he denies that will hand a massive advantage to Maccarinelli.
"If's Enzo's banking on me being weight-drained then he is in for a shock when we meet."
The bookies go for a Haye victory with Maccarinelli best-priced at around 6-4 to become the second unified world champion from South Wales after Joe Calzaghe's world title victory over Mikkel Kessler.
Haye is the choice of the money men to come through a winner and can look forward to even better pay nights at heavyweight if he can really make a meal out of the Welsh big Mac in the early hours of Sunday morning.