Frank Warren believes David Haye has taken the 'easy option' by fighting Audley Harrison for a big payday.
World champion taking the easy way out by fighting Harrison
Frank Warren believes David Haye has taken the 'easy option' by fighting Audley Harrison for the money.
The WBA heavyweight champion is expected to announce a fight with Harrison on Tuesday after negotiations with the Klitschko brothers regarding a unification fell by the wayside.
Haye may have had few alternative opponents lined up and a domestic bout with the former Olympic gold medallist, who has been discredited countless times in the paid ranks, could still be a big earner.
However, promoter Warren - who used to work with Harrison - accused Haye of avoiding a clash with one of the Klitschkos.
"Haye's taken the easy option by fighting Harrison for the pay day and it's not what he said he was going to do," said the promoter.
"Without a doubt he's avoiding the Klitschkos. He signed a contract to fight one of them and didn't carry it through, then pulled out against the other one.
"The reason he's not fighting one of them is because he wouldn't do a straight 50-50 split.
"Haye said he would fight them both. It's no good saying you'll do these things and then don't because you're looking to cash in.
"I look at Haye and I ask why does he only fight twice a year? He should be making money and not being inactive."
And while Haye will enter the ring against Harrison a hot favourite, Warren believes the veteran has a puncher's chance.
"Monte Barrett wobbled Haye and then I fell asleep during the Nikolai Valuev fight," he added. "If he gets hit on the chin then Haye will be knocked out and Harrison has that chance.
"Haye is streets above Harrison but he has a huge weakness - if gets hit on the whiskers he'll go."
And Warren believes two heavyweights under his promotion - Derek Chisora and Sam Sexton - would be happy to take on Haye or the Klitschkos despite being in the early stages of their career.
"If Harrison can get a crack at the world title, it won't be a problem for me to deliver a shot to the winner of this fight," he said of the pair, who take each other on on Warren's 'Magnificent Seven' bill on September 18.
"Both of these fighters are better than Harrison. Look at where they are after 13 fights and look at what Harrison had done at the same stage.
"These two are decent heavyweights and can make their mark on the world scene. Even the loser could still pull through.
"Either of these guys would fight the Klitschkos, they won't duck anyone. They're fighters."
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