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george groves ''Hamburg blog'' - 29/06/2011
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Monday was an unusual day for a fight week press conference but for me it made a refreshing change. Every man and his dog today would have seen something of the Haye-Klit presser. Hopefully it got all the Brits at home as excited as we are already! Anyway I will get to that soon.
If you're going to order poached eggs on day one, come day four what are you going to order? Poached eggs again maybe but with finest scotch fillet of beef - on bubble & squeak hash browns served with a reduction of wild mushrooms, herbs and Chianti? (now I'm getting hungry).We started the day like any other: at breakfast. I went for the scrambled egg on brown toast. Coldwell trumped me with scrambled egg with ham and onion while the Dark Lord Adam Booth opted for four poached eggs. 'Schoolboy error', was my first thought. I mean where's the progression?
1pm quickly came around and it was time to head off to the press conference. We all slipped into our fetching new t-shirts, which depict David punching the head off of a man who in my opinion looks suspiciously like.... Audley Harrison.
Once there we all piled into the lift, out the other end and into the hall. David and Adam took their seats at the top table and the 'presentation' began. First up was some blah blahs followed by more blahs. Nookie Bear Booth then got up and delivered his speech. He did adlib a bit from what was originally planned, later on he admitted he did use the speech note cue cards I wrote for him just in case he forgot.
David D Haye AKA The Hayemaker for me was word perfect. Told the honest truth. Wlad will face a harsh reality and it is irrelevant wether he has studied tapes of David's because David will be totally different Saturday night!
Wlad on the other hand was also entertaining. Managed to crack a few funnies and had his own publicity stunt planned with the 50 on his hand.
Paddy Fitzpatrick managed to cause a little tension there when he stood up to shake hands with the legendary Emanuel Steward. Mr Steward in the past has been reluctant to grace Paddy with such an honour of shaking the magic hand. He was offered the magic fist though as Mr Steward told all with in ear shot that he would fight Paddy after the main event. All in all it added some spice.
Of course Vitali was there. Looking far more menacing than his little brother, he grabbed the mic and told Haye he must attend the post-fight presser. Haye sharply countered with "you must attend and not go to the hospital with your brother".
Vitali to me has a steely look in his eye, (no robot reference) it's like he's an emotionally-attached terminator (robot reference) and loves a fight! I'll explain why this is relevant: I was asked to hang around to do a talkSPORT interview and once that was finished I soon realised team Haye had made tracks and only Elliot and I were left.
As I walked to my seat with Elliot, Vitali was giving me daggers! My first thought was 'arrrrgh!', followed by respect for him for hating any opposition, followed by the realisation that I was the only Team Hayemaker member in the building sporting a picture of a decapitated Kazak-born, German-based Urkanian!
Brit abroad was in action though and managed to get my camera so close to Wlad's face during aSky Sports News live interview he couldn't help but turn to me after and ask 'sid you get enough pictures?' (add your own accent).
The rest of the day was about relaxing. The Hayemaker stayed in and watched some DVD's. Me and a few others went out for a cheeky pasta. And no, that is not a metaphor. Nearly there people!
Press confrence over, 4 days to go - 28/06/2011
Yesterdays press confrence went as expected, organised chaos. We were very late, sorry there was alot of trafic, honest. george groves couldn't keep he's new camera from being on speed shutter in everybod'y face connected with the Klitchko's camp. He must have taken 30 to 40 shots of wlad close uo ver a 30sec period while he was doing an interview. David was in full flow, and myself and manny stewart were in an interesting conversation where he couldn't stop himself from swearing, calling me a fu#/ing fool and even telling me he wants to fight me after the main event, the more i laughed the more upset he got..... all good fun.............He's just spent 12 weeks coaching Wlad on how to control his emotions going into this fight and then he looses the plot and spits the dummy out over little old me. Stay tuned
6 days and counting - 27/06/2011
Well, theres six days to go before David and Klitchko get it on for recognition as the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, here in Hamburg. we arrived yesterday and settled in at our hotel (very nice too, i must say). Today we have the press confrence a couple of hours from now. It will be interesting to see how that plays out, as it will be the last time they see each other before the weigh in. I will keep you all updated as we go. Don't forget to have yourself infront of the T.V this saturday. Get a drink, go to the toilet, and hold on to your seats...........................peace
DAYTIME HOURS UNTILL JULY 3RD - 15/06/2011
The gym will be ''OPEN'' as usual between 4pm and 8pm monday to Friday, but we will be closed during the day untill July 3rd due to my commitments with David Haye. BUT REMEMBER, we are still OPEN monday to friday 4-8pm, so come down and get your workout in. See you soon. paddy
HAYEMAKER LATEST - 15/06/2011
Haye Bites Back!!!
WBA Heavyweight Champion Of The World David Haye, bit back with considerable venom in response to the recent mutterings of WBO, IBF & IBO Heavyweight Champion Of The World Wladimir Klitschko. In his last media day before the massive Heavyweight unification showdown with Klitschko, Haye was in a extremely confident mood and he did not mess around in telling the waiting journalists exactly how he was going to deal with his opponent.
The Hayemaker started off by stating "This occasion does not get any bigger, it is without doubt the biggest heavyweight showdown in many years and I have to be at my very best to win the fight. Myself and Wladimir are clearly two fighters in their peak so there is no room for excuses or shortcuts".
When asked what the key to the fight Haye answered in typical fashion "The key to the fight is obvious, I have to land my hayemakers ASAP, when that happens they will take Wladimirs head off. He has not met any fighter with my speed or condition. He is used to fighting over rated fatties who prefer to do their workouts by eating plenty of fast food".
No matter what the question the various journalists had to offer, the WBA Champion Haye had an answer. So much so, he cut one journalist down to size who doubted Haye could match Klitschko in the last half of the fight if indeed it went that far. "I have proved time and time again the longer the fight goes on the harder I punch, let me make it perfectly clear I will do whatever it takes to win the fight".
A lot of questions surrounded whether this could be the last fight for The Hayemaker or whether he would indeed continue beyond his previous statements of retirement. "Realistically this could very well be my last fight, I am definitely going to retire in October, so after I make short work of Wladimir, if his brother Vitali does not get a move on by having the bottle to fight me then that's it. You always want your last fight to be your best fight, this will be without any doubt be my best performance!!".
Haye continued "I have always been determined I wasn't going to be one of those fighters who fights on too late. There will always be people out there who will claim there is one more fight out there, there is always someone who will make a noise. My only focus is my career defining fight with Wladimir Klitschko, he is going to get knocked out in his adopted hometown of Hamburg!!!