Harry Pratt

Haye plans to emulate Rocky Balboa

David Haye has paid homage to boxing’s new International Hall of Fame inductee, Sylvester Stallone, and revealed he is ready to do a “Rocky” demolition job on Wladimir Klitschko.

As the countdown to his July 2 heavyweight unification clash with Klitschko kicks in, Haye, the WBC titleholder, has even been pictured punching huge slabs of frozen meat in training — just like Rocky Balboa on the big screen.

Now, in a timely tribute to Hollywood actor Stallone, who along with Mike Tyson, Julio Cesar Chavez and Kostya Tszyu, will be inducted into the sport's Hall of Fame on Sunday, the British star says he has long drawn inspiration from the six Rocky blockbusters.

“Since I was a kid I’ve always been a fan of the Rocky movies and spent a lot of time — probably too much time — watching them all," the 30-year-old Haye told The Sun newspaper.

“Rocky starts with nothing, is surrounded by doubters, yet goes on to beat some of the baddest men on the planet. That sums up the journey of every boxer. I am no different.”

Most pundits are predicting Haye will lose to Klitschko, the Ukrainian WBO and IBF titleholder, in Hamburg, Germany next month. However, the Englishman relishes his underdog tag and is promising to produce of a real-life version of the Rocky IV storyline.

“Even though everybody doubted him going into the fight with Ivan Drago,” Haye said, “Rocky went overseas and shocked the world by beating this stiff, robotic Eastern European. Who does that remind you of?”

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