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Haye: 'I will knock out champion Valuev'

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Britain's David Haye predicts he will knock out Russian boxer Nikolai Valuev in Saturday's WBA heavyweight title fight
  • Haye has to overcome the man known as the "Best from the East" to lift the title
  • Valuev, at seven foot two inches, is 90 pounds heavier than his opponent
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  • Boxing
  • Nikolai Valuev
  • David Haye

(CNN) -- Far from admitting fear before fighting Russian giant Nikolai Valuev, Britain's David Haye has predicted he will be the first fighter to knock out the World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champion on November 7.

Haye takes on the 7'2" pugilist -- knicknamed the "Beast of the East" -- in Nuremburg, Germany on Saturday and showed no signs of lacking confidence ahead of the clash.

"The combination of my hand speed and Valuev's immense head is going to cause an explosion. This is my chance to make history," Haye told gathered press.

"I've dreamed of the moment Valuev falls to the canvas and I truly believe it will be one of the most jaw-dropping knockouts of all time," the 29-year-old Haye added.

"Valuev has never been properly hurt before, let alone knocked down or out, and I'm now being given a chance to become the first fighter to bring 'The Beast' to his knees," he added.

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But the 36-year-old Russian world champion has only lost once in 52 bouts and has no plans to give up his title.

"His comments have been very motivating," said Valeuv of Haye's pre-fight trash-talk.

"But let's see what Haye has to offer inside the ring. I don't think he will be able to follow it up. But I will not under-estimate him," he added.

Haye -- who has a record of 21 knock outs from 22 bouts -- will become the first British heavyweight world champion since Lennox Lewis if he manages to defeat his giant opponent.

And though there are doubts over whether Haye -- who is a three-time former champion at cruiserweight level -- has the game necessary to prove victorious in his first shot at the heavyweight title, the man himself has no such worries.

"Some people think I'm crazy -- there is a big gulf in size, but I've got something up my sleeve and you're going to be amazed on the night," Haye told CNN.

That gulf in size was evident in Friday's weigh-in as the Russian champion scaled 22st 8lbs (315.9lbs) while Haye weighed in for the fight at a career-high 15st 8lbs (218lbs).