UK boxer Haye as good as Ali, says trainer Dundee

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London, Apr.3 (ANI): American boxing corner man and trainer Angelo Dundee believes Britain's David Haye "has lit up the world heavyweight division" and will go on to defeat Wladimir Klitschko and unify the world heavyweight titles.

Haye, according to The Telegraph, however, must first see off mandatory challenger John Ruiz in Manchester this weekend, but his end game continues to be world unification contests with the Klitschko brothers, Wladimir and Vitali.

Dundee, speaking exclusively to Telegraph Sport, believes the gamesmanship Haye shows, the flaunting of rules, harks back to the days of Ali, and his many stunts.

The pair - Dundee and Haye - met several years ago in Miami, and the ageing trainer was immediately taken with Haye's confidence in the ring when sparring, and his charismatic, risk-taking personality.

"It took me back. I love him and his boxing, and when he beat that beast from Russia I was delighted. I watched David when he trained in Miami Beach a few years back, and he is an exciting guy. He's a breath of fresh air, and has lit up the world heavyweight division," Dundee said.

Dundee said: "I'm very glad he's around. I'm not making any comparisons because I've always felt you can't compare one fighter with another, they all have a different outlook, but Haye is a new beacon in the heavyweight division. Fighters are different, and thank God for the difference." (ANI)

Story first published: Saturday, April 3, 2010, 13:52 [IST]
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