Michael Rosenthal

Haye enlists ‘Klitschko clone’ in preparation for July 2 showdown

David Haye has called upon British heavyweight prospect David Price to aid in his preparations for next month's huge unification clash with Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg.

The 6-foot-8 (203cm) Price, an Olympic bronze medalist in Beijing in 2008, has won all of his 10 fights as a professional and has now been drafted in by Haye's camp to act as a 'Klitschko clone' in intensive sparring sessions.

Haye, who will put his WBA title on the line against RING, IBF and WBO beltholder Klitschko in the Imtech Arena on July 23, is keen to prepare against a taller sparring partner because he will give away 3½ inches against his Ukrainian opponent on July 2.

And Price's promoter ,Frank Maloney, thinks his fighter will provide the perfect preparation for Haye ahead of the bout.

"Sparring between two top class heavyweights is something you don't see so you can imagine how good this was,” Maloney said. "Good luck to David Haye against Klitschko, but all I really wanted to watch in the spar was the progress David [Price] has made.

"The two sessions left me in no doubt that David [Price] is the future of the division and he is Britain's answer to Klitschko."

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