David Haye vs. Wladimir Klitschko: Is Team Klitschko Beginning to Crack?

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David Haye vs. Wladimir Klitschko: Is Team Klitschko Beginning to Crack?
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The countdown continues and fight night is nearly upon us. Wladimir Klitschko takes on David Haye Saturday at the Hamburg Imtech Arena in Germany.

As if you didn't know.

The open training session today did not pass without incident. But would you expect anything less in the build up to this fight?

Team Klitschko was early to the training venue and tried to block Team Haye from entering. After finding another way in, Team Haye conducted a short training session in front of Team Klitschko with Haye working out in a southpaw stance.

Furthermore, Emanuel Steward, the trainer of Wladimir Klitschko, told BBC Sport Wladimir Klitschko has never fought anyone in the last six years with such confidence and belief.

Reports are circulating that Steward asked Haye if he wants him to help train him for a potential fight with Vitali Klitschko. This apparently came from David Haye himself.

Have the mind games used by Team Haye finally begun to wear down Team Klitschko?

More concerning is the idea that even Steward is looking past this fight. It must be difficult for Wladimir Klitschko to hear this even if it is not true.

It's quite probable Klitschko is not bothered by the taunting at all. To be fair, it is selling the fight well. However, at the press conference on Monday he looked nervous. Then again, you could say the same about Haye.

In the build up to any boxing match the fighters are looking for any advantage they can get. The oldest trick in the book is psychological warfare and Team Haye has used this from the start.

Haye is obviously hoping that a wild and undisciplined Klitshcko will come to the ring. If he does, Klitschko will not last long.

If Klitshcko keeps his cool and holds to his smooth jabbing style, Haye will have a long night. Haye will then have to break him down physically rather than mentally and this he will struggle to do.

Both fighters are likely to be very nervous in the last few days prior to fight night. A crowd of 55,00 is expected to see the biggest heavyweight contest for years with millions more watching around the world.

Haye and Klitschko are more than aware of what victory and defeat will bring. Victory in this case which could be achieved by the narrowest of margins or in the blink of an eye.

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