Organic David tries no sex and cute ring girls to fell Goliath
THE BOXING world has never seen anything like it. Standing at over 7ft tall, weighing 23st and with a thick pelt of body hair, the gargantuan Nikolai Valuev is the tallest and heaviest world heavyweight champion in history.
The Russian is so physically for midable that his quailing opponents have been known to try to pull out of bouts – merely after encountering his monster size at the pre-fight weigh-in.
“No-one told me I was taking on Bigfoot,” cried one. And you can understand their despair. The so-called Beast from the East has lost only once in 52 fights (beaten by Ruslan Chagaev, a former WBA heavyweight champion from Uzbekhistan.
The next sacrificial David to try his luck with this real-life Goliath is a young British boxer called David Haye. Tonight the 29-year-old will take to the ring in Germany to try to become the first Briton since Lennox Lewis to hold one of the heavyweight titles. As underdog, he says he has the support of the world as he takes on what he calls “this big, hairy Russian fellow”, promising “one of the most jaw-dropping knockouts of all time”.
He adds: “I have watched The Lord Of The Rings and other films with strange-looking people, but for a human being to look like Valuev – it’s pretty shocking. I’ve never seen a head that big. I’ll often watch King Kong, Godzilla or Frankenstein.
“The more you watch regular humans being terrorised by over- sized monsters, the more you accept this fight is not so scary.”
So who is this Brit challenging a man nearly a foot taller and who has never been knocked down on the canvas in his 16-year professional career?
Everything Haye eats is organic and, an owner of two chihuahuas, he personally auditions the so-called ring-card girls who announce the rounds before fights “because earlier in my career the promoters would organise utter and it
mingers was actually a distraction.
“You’d be thinking: ‘Why is she in the ring?’ “So now I make sure all my ring-card girls are up to scratch.” He and his wife Natasha have an 18-month-old son called Cassius.
Haye’s mother is English. His Jamaican father a panel beater by trade, but also a martial arts instructor. Haye g rew up in Bermondsey, South-East London, in an 18th-floor council flat.
“Even when I was three, my dad’s party piece was telling his pals to put their hand out so his son could punch it. They couldn’t believe how much power I had,” he says. Haye first laced a glove aged ten at the Fitzroy Lodge Amateur Boxing Club in Lambeth, South London. At one point he considered becoming a model but gave it up for “a job where I can get brain damage in front of a million people.”
Training? Apparently, abstinence is the key to victory. Yes, that sort of abstinence. Haye explains: “I abstain from any kind of release for six weeks before a fight. Even in my dreams I’ll be about to have sex with a beautiful girl and I’ll say: ‘Sorry darling, I’m fighting in a few weeks.’ That’s control, bro, when you’re turning down a hot chick in your subconscious.”
He also spends six weeks before a bout living in a hotel under an assumed name, so that no crank calls can disturb his precious sleep. And he trains twice daily for two hours. – Daily Mail