David Haye recalls sparring sessions with Dillian Whyte

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David Haye has labelled Dillian Whyte a ‘freak’ on the build-up to his fight with heavyweight rival Joseph Parker, saying he has ‘freakishly long arms’.

Haye, a former sparring partner for Whyte, also said that he will be a tough opponent for the New Zealander on Saturday night.

When discussing Whyte, Haye said: “He’s a very good boxer, very long arms, very good jabber.”

Whyte, 30, faces off with fellow heavyweight Parker in a fight to reach the summit of challengers for Anthony Joshua’s collection of title belts.

Whyte is currently the no 1 ranked challenger for Deontay Wilder’s WBC strap, but seems more focused on working his way into AJ’s future plans.

Speaking ahead of the fight at the O2 Arena on Saturday, Haye said: “I’ve sparred with him [Whyte] in the past, so I know how freakishly long his arms are, longer than they look and he’s a very awkward guy to catch clean.

When asked for his thoughts on the fight itself, Haye said: “Whyte will come out fighting.

“Parker may have issues catching him early doors but once it becomes more of a slugfest that’s where Parker will show his best.”

The Hayemaker also added: “If it goes toe-to-toe, I’ll go with Parker who has the better close-range punches.

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“However, he’ll be very aware of Whyte’s long jabs which knocked Lucas Browne into tomorrow.”

The situation with Whyte and American Wilder is a strange one, with neither fighter seemingly wanting to fight the other just yet.

Whyte is the no 1 contender for Wilder’s WBC belt, but both fighters seem fixated on facing multiple champion Joshua.

Standing in Whyte’s way is a man who has himself lost to AJ, much like Whyte, but a man who was the first boxer to take AJ the full 12 rounds in a professional fight in his career.

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Whyte and Parker have almost identical records when it comes to their respective careers, Whyte’s reads 23 wins, 17 KO’s, 1 defeat. Parker has fought in one more fight than Whyte, claiming a record of 24 wins, 18 KO’s, 1 defeat.

Both fighters only defeats have come to British boxing golden boy Joshua.

Haye, 37, had his say on the 27 year-old New Zealander Parker, saying: “Parker trained at my Hayemaker Gym before his last fight against Joshua and has come back to base himself here again.

“He’s a good guy, I’ve known him for many years and I wish him nothing but luck.

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“Other than a points loss against Joshua - no disgrace there in his first mega-fight where he wasn’t cut, busted up or hurt - he’s one of the young lions who can come into those mega-fights again.”

It seems Haye’s affinity with Parker hasn’t gone unnoticed by his compatriot Whyte, who has labelled the former heavyweight champion a ‘scumbag’ for helping Parker out before the fight.

“David is a scumbag. He’s a piece of turd. He’s not very patriotic is he?” Whyte said when speaking to IFL TV, adding further he thought that Haye likes to make it all about himself, questioning what the Bermondsey born fighter will do now he’s retired and missing the limelight.

It is all leading up to what will surely be a fantastic fight in London on Saturday night, with two fighters desperate to show that they can hang with the best boxers in the world.

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