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David Haye has hit back at Audley Harrison's suggestions that Haye has an ego problem.

 

Haye defends his WBA heavyweight title against his fellow Briton on November 13 with no love lost between the former pals.

 

And Haye has told Sky Sports News that if he has got a big ego, his accomplishments in the ring entitle him to one.

 

"I have reason to have an ego because I was the undisputed cruiserweight champion - I was the best in the world," he said.

 

"I've then gone on to be heavyweight champion of the world - if you haven't got an ego after that....

 

"Then again, Audley said he had an ego like that five years ago, but what had he achieved? Nothing. He didn't even win the British title. To say that we're in the same mindset is ridiculous.

 

"I confidence in my ability - ego is when you believe you are better than you are, or arrogance, I'm only going by my past performances.

 

"What has Audley done in his past career or in sparring to believe he can beat me? I've sparred with him before, I haven't seen anything that says he can beat me."

 

http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,12183_6456811,00.html

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Of course he has an ego, but when does this become an 'ego problem'? If Harrison takes him out because he is wrapped-up in himself, then fair enough! It's what happened to Lennox Lewis when he was sparked by McCall.

 

Top level boxers with issues with their egos are not uncommon, though maybe less so than footballers, (Wayne Rooney springs to mind).

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Well, Haye was undisputed at cruiser for me. Not collecting the belts doesn't always prove a boxer isn't the best at the weights.

 

I agree with that, but if another boxer holds one of the belts you haven't got, you can't be an 'undisputed' champion, as there is another champion to dispute that claim.

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Especially when the other champion happened to be a very good fighter himself.Haye deserves credit for beating Mormeck and Maccarinelli but his overall resume in the division isn't that impressive.It's not like he completely unified the division out the way Evander Holyfield did back in his day.
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Yeah it was Cunningham.

Many were calling for Haye to fight Cunningham, thinking he was a bigger challenge than Maccarinelli and the only real pretender to the throne.

He chose to move up and the rest is history.

 

i think Haye would of beat Cunningham

 

i like Cunningham but i think if Adamek can win an SD over him then haye would of beat him

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O'Neill Bell or Jean Marc Mormeck were the proper champions. The IBF stripped Bell sometime after he beat Mormeck. Mormeck won the rematch but the IBF wasn't on the line.

 

Cunningham lost to Krzysztof Wlodarczyk for the Vacant IBF then won it in the return, defended it once then lost it to Adamek. By this time Haye had moved up.

 

So, I agree with Skav that Haye was unofficially the Undisputed. Just the IBF decided to strip Bell. Haye beat the man that beat the man, so was the linear champion.

 

I remember an interview at the time where Cunningham said he'd like to fight Haye but understood why he was moving up i.e weight problems. Cunningham lost his next fight.

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