Or­ganic David tries no sex and cute ring girls to fell Go­liath

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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

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