Wladimir Klitschko has taken a jab at David Haye and Dereck Chisora in the lead up to his fight with Alexander Povetkin on Oct. 5.
As reported by BBC Sport, the defending IBF, WBO and WBA champion has dismissed the credentials of Britain’s heavyweight hopefuls, suggesting their ability to talk smack hits harder than their punches:
Barking dogs never bite and Povetkin is not a barking dog.
There is no controversy like with Haye, when he said all that crazy stuff before our fight. There's no spitting water or slapping like Chisora did before he fought my brother.
Klitschko’s comments arrive two years after he outpointed Haye in Hamburg. The Ukrainian behemoth’s legendary jab kept the English fighter at bay that night and ended the 32-year-old’s chances of unifying a stagnated heavyweight division.
Will Wladimir Klitschko defeat Alexander Povetkin on Saturday?
Haye whimpered in the aftermath with a broken toe, and since then, he has failed to gain significant momentum in the ring. A TKO victory over Chisora followed the career-defining loss, but in recent weeks, Haye was forced to pull out of his showdown with Tyson Fury due to a suffering a deep cut, per BBC Sport.
Dereck Chisora put up a gutsy fight against Vitali Klitschko in 2012, but similar to Haye, he was outpointed at the climax of their Munich encounter.
Both British fighters have come under fire in recent years for their willingness to engage in childish antics before major fights. This culminated in a brawl between the pair during the buildup to Chisora’s fight with Vitali, which saw the 29-year-old Brit threaten to shoot Haye in the aftermath.
Wladimir Klitschko’s latest comments highlight the lack of respect given to British heavyweights at the current time. With gentle giants such as Lennox Lewis and Frank Bruno a distant memory, the attitude of Haye and Chisora has soured the reputation of Britain's impressive boxing heritage.
With Haye and Fury reduced to handbags before the former's injury, this doesn't look set to change anytime soon.