Britain's world heavyweight champion David Haye says he will only shake
the hand of Wladimir Klitschko when he visits him in hospital after
their eagerly awaited unification bout on Saturday.
Klitschko, the IBF and WBO title holder, takes on Britain's Haye, the WBA champion, at Hamburg's Imtech Arena this weekend.
There is no love lost between the pair.
has not wasted any opportunities to antagonise Ukrainian giant
Klitschko and refused to shake hands with the fellow champion at
Monday's pre-fight press conference.
"I will shake hands with you
when I visit you in hospital on Sunday," said Haye, who has dubbed
Klitschko 'Bitchko' and 'a fraud' in the past.
"It will be an execution like there has never been seen in boxing before."
is the first heavyweight unification bout since Klitschko took the WBO
title from Russia's Sultan Ibragimov in Madison Square Garden in
This will be only Haye's fifth heavyweight fight
since stepping up from cruiserweight in 2008 and although he has a
record of 25 wins with 23 knock-outs from 26 fights, most of which came
at the lighter weight.
In comparison Klitschko, 35, has 49
knock-outs from 55 fights with just three defeats from 58 bouts and he
insists Haye will be his 50th KO come Saturday night and will treat the
brash Brit to some 'reality rehab'.
"There has been a lot of hot air about this fight, I am really excited about it," said Klitschko.
"I had my first professional fight in Hamburg back in 1996 and I am looking forward to my 50th knock-out on Saturday night."
crudest provocation was to appear at a press conference in 2009 wearing
a t-shirt with an image of him in a boxing ring brandishing the severed
heads of both Klitschko and his older brother Vitali, the WBC champion.
Haye had been scheduled to meet Klitschko two years ago in Gelsenkirchen but withdrew from the fight with a back injury.