Hamburg, July 1 : Boxing star David Haye has said he is ready to fight the Ukrainian giant Wladimir Klitschko in the epic clash on Saturday.
Haye has admitted that his bout against the Ukrainian could be a `fight to death,' The Sun reports.
Haye is hoping to seal a hat trick of great British sporting triumphs by matching Rory McIlroy's recent victory at the US open and Andy Murray's advances at Wimbledon.
But, Haye has said boxing is very different from golf or tennis and there is no room for being nice.
"You have to be nasty. Boxing is a dangerous game. I could potentially die in the ring. Klitschko could kill me if I give him an opportunity. So why would I want to be his best friend," Haye was quoted as saying by The Sun.
The WBA champion believes he will knock out Klitschko in Hamburg, Germany to bag his opponent's three world titles.
"There have been other fights that haven''t gone that great in preparation. I have had injuries - but this time I have been able to get all the training done and am ahead of the game. I have been training since January, making sure I was ahead of schedule. Now here we are and I am raring to go," Haye said.
There has also been plenty of pre-fight banter. On Monday, Klitschko called Haye a princess for deliberately turning up late for a press conference - and the Brit vowed to send his opponent to hospital.
"He is ranked by many as the best fighter on the planet. This is my chance to prove I am No1, plain and simple. Eight out of ten experts, or the boxing rankings, say he is No1. So I have got to change that," he added.