News November 2007

09.11.07 Haye ready to be Judge, Jury & Executioner

David Haye says Saturday's world title clash with WBA and WBC cruiserweight champion Jean-Marc Mormeck in Paris will be a "ridiculous tear-up".

The Londoner, 27, told BBC Sport: "This is the fight I've been dreaming about since I was a little kid.

"Those are the fights I like, and those are the kind of fights I win."

Haye added the fight is likely to be his last at 200lb, meaning a domestic super-fight with WBO champion Enzo Maccarinelli is unlikely to happen.

Haye, whose last fight was at heavyweight, said he is struggling to make the weight and that he plans to follow in Lennox Lewis's footsteps and claim the world heavyweight crown.

"Once I've beaten Mormeck I don't feel there's anything left to prove," said Haye, the former European champion.

"I'm winning the world title and will be recognised as the number one cruiserweight in the world.

"Then I want to be the number one heavyweight in the world like Lennox Lewis. It will be probably take me three years."

Mormeck will have hometown advantage at the Palais des Sports Marcel Cerdan, in Levallois-Perret, near Paris on Saturday.

But the explosive Haye has 18 stoppages in 19 bouts, and will be looking for a repeat of his impressive performance against Polish heavyweight Tomasz Bonin in April.

Mormeck, 35, born in Guadeloupe and promoted by Don King, is ranked world number one in the cruiserweight division and has won 33 of his 36 contests with 21 KOs.

I can't let it go to points in his hometown - I've got to be judge, jury and executioner

At the same venue in March, the classy Frenchman won back his titles from Jamaican O'Neil Bell with a unanimous points decision.

He made five successful defences of the WBA (which he won from Virgil Hill back in February 2002) and WBC titles before losing to Bell in January 2006 at Madison Square Garden, New York.

Haye said: "I've boxed some good fighters over the years but no one as good as this guy.

"Deep down I know I've got it but the only way to prove it to people it is to get in there and knock this guy out.

"He's regarded as universally the best fighter at cruiserweight in the world bar none and I've got to knock him out.

"I can't let it go to points in his hometown - I've got to be judge, jury and executioner."

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