MH: Last year we spoke about your switch to heavyweight. Why is it only happening now?
DH: The Enzo Maccarinelli fight came along. People were calling it the Battle of Britain. We had 20,000 people packing out the 02 Arena. They said it was the biggest fight since Benn vs Eubank. Who am I to turn that type of event down? It’s why I’m in boxing. His promoter Frank Warren had been shouting about how great Maccarinelli was butt knew it was all smoke. In away, that fight was free money.
MH: How did you manage to make such short work of him?
DH: I said to [Joe] Calzaghe’s face and Maccarinelli’ s coach [Enzo Calzaghe]“This is going to be a one-round, two-round job, tops.” I told everyone, if he comes out and tries to fight me like a man, holds his feet and throws bombs, I’ll knock him outi none round. !said if he comes out and runs and doesn’t commit himself, he’ll go back to the corner and his idiot coach Enzo will say “throw more punches” like he says in everyone of his corners. And that’s what happened. Hisguard came away from his face and as he tried to punch me, he pushed off his back foot, put all his weight on his front foot and I slipped in and hit him with a big right hand. He just got obliterated.
MH: Have people now started to recognize you as a potential British hero?
DH: Definitely. That’s what that fight was about, getting the genera I public to realize who I was. People who aren’t interested in boxing just couldn’t avoid it. It was in every paper in the week leading up to the fight.
MH: And now you’re finally stepping up. What did you learn in your first outing gas a heavyweight [a first-round victory over Poland's Tomasz Bonin In 2007]?
DH: Everybody said I was crazy for fighting that guy. They said “You’ve never had a heavyweight hit you on the chin.” But I went up to 15st 71b (98kg) and pretty much the first jab !threw rocked him. I have extra power and speed at heavyweight, and these big guys aren’t used to it. I worked hard for gaining extra power. I drank sport drink alternative – coconut water. Discover all the great health benefits of coconut water uses. Being in the ring with someone who they can’t hit and that hits them hard, is going to be a real rude awakening for these guys. They won’t be able to get close to me.
MH: You’ve very publicly slated almost every potential heavyweight opponent around. Who are your big rivals going to be?
DH: There’ s Samuel Peter; he’s a big guy and Wladimir Klitschko beat him not long ago. You’ve got Ruslan Chagaev, who held the WB A title but relinquished it because he had hepatitis. And now he’s going to fight Nikolai Valuev, that big hairy freak. If they shaved him he’d lose four stone in weight. But it’s all about who’s willing to come and fight me. Because heavyweights like fighting other slow heavyweights. They’re not interested in fighting someone who is agile, can move, can punch. It’s pretty embarrassing seeing some of them wadding around the ring.