Board accepts Haye denial

BBBC will take no action over Haye's betting comments

Last updated: 15th November 2010  

He predicted the round and obviously people can listen to his prediction but he has denied he got anybody or he himself went and put a bet on himself.

Robert Smith on David Haye
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The British Boxing Board of Control will accept David Haye's 'categorical' denial that he backed himself to beat Audley Harrison in the third round.

Haye claimed to have set up a 'sting' by predicting a third round knockout, saying immediately after the fight he had won money for he and his friends.

But the WBA heavyweight champion has since clarified that he did not place bets on himself, against the BBBC's regulations, claims that have been accepted by the board's secretary Robert Smith.

"David himself has denied it. He has denied he put any money on himself," said Smith.

"He predicted the round and obviously people can listen to his prediction but he has denied he physically got anybody or he himself went and put a bet on himself.

"We have a regulation in place that does not allow anybody to bet on a contest they are taking part in. So if he admitted it, he would have been in breach of that regulation. But he has denied it quite categorically."


Smith also played down the suggestion Haye deliberately did not try fully in the first two rounds in order to match his prediction.

"I don't think so," he said. "I was at the fight and to be honest with you, both of them were scared to get beaten, I think, in the first round.

"It's a bit like a football match. I was at Cardiff City v Swansea last week and they were (both) petrified of losing. It was a poor game. And I think in the fight David was wary of walking straight in on a big man like that, and Audley was wary of getting hit by a smaller bloke.

"I watched it again last night and although it wasn't the best first round I've ever seen, I can understand where they were coming from. But I think you have to say when David did open up, the man was hurt. He didn't fall down, he was hurt, and he got up to fight again.

"I was there, I didn't think anything of it at the time. Obviously with all the hullabaloo you think about these things but no, I'm satisfied there was nothing untoward going on."

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Terry Proctor says...

even if Haye had bet on himself, why does it matter. There's too many factors involved to be a fix. He'd have to have Harrison, the Ref, the British Board of Bxing and everyone else involved in the fight all on his payroll & I don't think the £5million he got would cover that much. If he'd bet on himself to lose in the 3rd then fair enough it would look very suspect, but it's just like a footballer saying he's going to score in the 50th minute, there's too much involved to fix it. Harrison was a total joke & Haye took full advantage of that to his own benefit, good on him. But when he fights the Klitchko's could he let me know what round to bet on lol!!!

Posted 16:21 15th November 2010

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