David Haye Exclusive: 'Do not blink when the first bell has gone'

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New Betfair Ambassador David Haye tells us his training camp has 'gone perfectly'
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We caught up with David Haye ahead of the rematch with Tony Bellew on Saturday and the new Betfair Ambassador is in confident mood...

"Losing last time has made me get up in the morning with that extra bit of determination. I’m not simply looking to win, I need to get a conclusive victory. It has to be explosive, it has to be dynamic, and I have to make a statement to the rest of the heavyweights on the planet."

Losing last time out must have stung. How has that defeat motivated you to get your revenge?

The defeat hurt. I talked so big in the lead up to the fight, saying this, saying that, giving it the big chat - and I failed to deliver. I really did let myself down. This weekend I'm going to right those wrongs.

Losing last time has made me get up in the morning with that extra bit of determination. I'm not simply looking to win, I need to get a conclusive victory. It has to be explosive, it has to be dynamic, and I have to make a statement to the rest of the heavyweights on the planet. They need to know, after this victory, that I'm a force to be reckoned with.

You have a new trainer, Ismael Salas. What has he brought?

This is a guy who has trained 20 world champions. He has brought the fundamentals back to my game, re-earthed some of the stuff that made me champion and, come Saturday, you'll be seeing a lot of what you used to see.

So what are you doing differently?

The main work has been on my legs. Ismael is Cuban and he loves Salsa dancing, loves movement, so I've really worked on bringing back the elasticity to my legs, the bounding, the explosiveness and the punches seem to be cracking so hard. Come fight night, you're going to see an explosive knockout. Do not blink once the first bell has gone!

Joseph Parker has said he wants to fight the winner. Is that something you'd be interested in?

My name has been mentioned by a few other fighters but right now, I've got no other focus apart from this weekend's bout and knocking out Tony Bellew.

Sum up how you're feeling ahead of the fight

I'm feeling really great about the fight. The training camp has gone perfectly, I'm healthy, I'm in good shape and my timing is good. In the first fight, I was sloppy, and my timing was out but, unfortunately for Tony Bellew, this time I'm razor sharp.

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