Cruiserweight Mark Hobson has issued a warning to arch rival David Haye ahead of their British and Commonwealth cruiserweight title showdown at the Huddersfield Leisure Centre on October 14, 2005. The Fight Academy promoted show will be televised live on SKY Sports.
"Haye will be finished after I've done with him. He'll have nowhere left to go," maintained the Huddersfield slugger. "I'm going to knock him out inside seven rounds and I don't just mean Haye will be stopped on his feet, he's getting sparked out," boasted Hobson, currently rated #23 in the world by Boxingtalk.
The bout was postponed due to a hamstring injury suffered by Haye in July, and he has resumed training but admitted that he is still experiencing problems. Hobson, however, is having none of it. Haye is rated #28 by Boxingtalk.
"Haye's nothing but a coward. I don't believe his injury was bad enough for him to pull out of the first fight. I think he's just trying to lull me into a false sense of security. I'm down to serious training and working hard in the gym. If I don't I'll regret it for the rest of my life," Hobson conceded.
Former world amateur silver medallist Haye, 13-1 with all 13 wins by knockout, is currently in position to challenge Alexander Gurov for the European crown following Fight Academy's recent winning purse bid. But such plans will be laid to rest should he come unstuck against Hobson.
"Deep down I think Haye would rather fight Gurov instead of Mark Hobson because he knows that Hobson is a real cruiserweight who represents a serious threat," said Hobson's trainer, Chris Aston.
"It's time for Haye to stand up and be counted and lets find out who the best cruiserweight in Britain is. This is a big fight between two quality operators but whatever Haye chooses to do Hobson will take him out between rounds six and eight." Tickets for Hobson-Haye, priced at £30 and £60, are available on 0114 2560550.