Boxers work rather hard to get people to take them seriously and then you get one person that aims to wreck it all through trying to be too clever. This is the position David Haye finds himself in. He may be the Heavyweight Champion of the World but in terms of talking trash, he certainly is not.
In the lead up to the fight Haye was on the stove for saying the fight with Audley Harrison would be akin to a gang rape, and that was pre-prepared. It’s what he said immediately following the fight that almost landed the South Londoner in some scolding H20.
After he’d beaten Harrison in the third round, he stated that he’d told everyone to put money on it and that he himself had also placed money on a win in the third round.
British Boxing Board of Control secretary Robert Smith commented: “David himself has denied it. He has denied he put any money on himself. He predicted the round and obviously, people can listen to his prediction, but he has denied he physically got anybody or he himself went and put a bet on himself.
“We have a regulation in place that does not allow anybody to bet on a contest they are taking part in. So if he admitted it, he would have been in breach of that regulation. But he has denied it quite categorically.”
Moreover, they wonder why we worry that they’ve been hit in the head one too many times. Nothing wrong with a bit of gamblin,’ David. Just don’t bet on yourself.