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Klitschko to 'punish' Haye

VLADIMIR Klitschko plans to punish David Haye after the British fighter posed with a wax mock-up of the heavyweight world champion's severed head for a magazine photo-shoot ahead of their June clash in Germany.

The Ukrainian will put his IBF, WBO and IBO belts on the line at the home of German football club Schalke on June 20 and was clearly irritated by Haye's provocative behavior as the pair faced each other in London on Monday.

Haye, who became undisputed world cruiserweight champion last year by knocking out Enzo Maccarinelli, arrived wearing a T-shirt depicting himself holding the heads of Klitschko and his brother Vitali, the WBC heavyweight champion, and began firing insults at the 33-year-old.

"He provoked me by cutting my head off and posturing in the magazine," Klitschko said. "Pretty provoking. You know what? I chose David Haye not David Haye chose me.

"I have had three title defenses and I took this boy. I see right now, I see David Haye with a (T-shirt showing) cut head of my brother. So I am asking what is going to be next? Are you going to cut my dad's head or my mother's head? Other family members? Maybe you will attack my religion, my race?

"This is over the edge. This is not about sport. You listen to what I say, this guy is going to be punished, it is going to be pizza face for 12 rounds, and in the 12th round I am going to knock him out.

"I'm not going to use my energy on trash talk, it's embarrassing," added Klitschko.

Asked if the T-shirt had overstepped the mark, Haye said: "As long as people remember me as the best fighter in the world with bad taste I don't care.


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