If you are to believe the word’s coming out of David Haye’s mouth, Full Tilt Poker sponsored Audley Harrison may well be leaving Manchester in a body-bag come Saturday night at around 11pm. The fight, for the Heavyweight Championship of the world, is being billed the “Best of Enemies,” and if you thought you’d heard a war of words before then this is something else. The punters seem to be voting with their heads on this one though.
Even with a notoriously fragile chin, gamblers are backing Haye to end the fight early and condemn (Fr)Audley to retirement.
Betfred spokesman Jon Wilde explained: “Haye has predicted his opponent will be the victim of a public execution, and our customers clearly believe Harrison won’t suffer prolonged torture.
“All the big money has come for Haye to have completed his night’s work inside three rounds and we need A-Force to hang in there for as long as possible in order to avoid a big payout.”
Anyone wanting to see the fight will have to fork out the obligatory £15 to Rupert Murdoch but it’s hard to see whether it will be worth it if the fight ends so early. As much as he’s painted the villain in all this, there’s plenty that would love to see Harrison wipe that smirk off the face of the champion. Or else he might actually have to face one of the Klitschko’s.