Big Bear necessity
Johnny Nelson says holing himself up in the mountains is the best thing Audley Harrison could've done.
Last Updated: 28/10/10 8:17am
The simple fact that Audley Harrison has been holed up in Big Bear training for this fight tells me he will come out all guns blazing.
You'll have seen the shots on Ringside and Sky Sports News and it clearly a spectacular place.
But believe me, it won't have been fun. But the simple fact that Audley was there shows me he means business. These camps do not come cheap, so if he didn't think he could beat David Haye, why would he spend all that money, so much of his purse, on his preparation?
David Haye of course, is staying in London and you have to say that works for him. But when I saw him mocking Audley and his axe, I cannot help but think of Naseem Hamed.
When Naz boxed Marco Antonio Barrera he stayed in Bob Hope's house. He had the pool table, the swimming pool, all the trappings.
I remember he was making his own documentary for the biggest fight of his life and he looked up to the mountains, where Barrera was training and turned back to the camera and said, smiling: "He's up there training and I'm down here."
He was mocking Barrera for where he had put himself. But all the while the Mexican was training hard and preparing properly - and we all know what happened when the fight arrived.
Now I am not saying for a minute David is anywhere near where Naz was, but the simple fact is in London, those distractions are there on his doorstep. Whether or not he takes advantage of them - and I don't think he will - doesn't matter. They exist.
Up in Big Bear, there will have been nothing for Harrison. It will have been horrible. He has taken himself off into the wilderness and believe me that camp will have been boring, monotonous.
It will have been Groundhog Day every day: get up, jog, come back, train, come back, eat, come back, sleep, come back. Day after day after day. But all will have thought about is David Haye.
It doesn't mean he will win this fight because of it, it just means he has given himself the best possible chance. He should be fit and focussed when he comes back to England this week - and I hope for his sake, he hasn't wasted his money.
I hope he has been working harder than ever before because this is his big chance. And I hope he has been making the most it because so often in the past he has flattered to deceive. On more than one occasion.
The fact that you're in Big Bear suggests you should not be cutting corners. If I was Audley's trainer I would have had him sparring hard. And I would have had three sparring partners and used them all in the same round - a minute each.
That means Audley will have had to work hard for three minutes of every round. Because he's so tall and lanky it's easy for him to labour for a bit, backpedal for a while in each session, and in the past that has been his mistake. If he wants to beat David Haye - and he keeps telling us he can - he might well have to box like he's never boxed before.
I hope he has worked like a Trojan up in those hills, not only because of the money he's invested, but because so many times in the past he's said one thing and ended up doing the opposite.