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Liverpool owners "only care about players being sex symbols

'Clueless' Liverpool owners 'only care about players being sex symbols', blasts boss who used to work under Henry

By
Thom Drake

PUBLISHED:

12:38 GMT, 16 January 2013

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UPDATED:

15:13 GMT, 16 January 2013

Liverpool's American owners John W Henry and Tom Werner have been criticised by an ex-employee for 'not having a clue about sport'.

Former Boston Red Sox manager Terry Francona has revealed that the pair were more concerned with having 'good-looking stars' and producing players who are 'sex symbols' than caring how the team actually did.

Francona said: 'They (the consultants) told us we didn’t have any marketable players, that we needed some sizzle. We need some sexy guys.

'Talk about the tail wagging the dog. This is like an absurdist comedy. We'd become too big. It was the farthest thing removed from what we set out to be.'

Which of the Liverpool will be given all the commercial duties

Cut the mustard: Which of the Liverpool will be given all the commercial duties

Fenway Sports Group, the company co-owned by Henry and Werner, bought Liverpool in 2010 even though they had to admit their knowledge of football was small.

This latest revelations shows that their desire to turn the club into a marketable product around the world is at the fore of their thinking.

Werner, an American television producer, is known to worry about increasing or declining TV ratings and told the managers at the Red Sox that they had to make a 'sexier team' from 2011 onwards.

The duo even admitted that before they signed the deal to buy the club they had to have a stiff drink.

John Henry (left) and Tom Werner see sports teams primely as marketable assets

In good shape: John Henry (left) and Tom Werner see sports teams primely as marketable assets

Tom Hicks and George Gillett, the owners of Liverpool before Henry and Werner, only recently backed down in a dispute on how the club was bought by Fenway Sports Group.

On the back of this, Francona's suggestions about how Henry and Werner approached the Red Sox make for interesting reading.

'They come in with all these ideas about
baseball but I don’t think they love baseball,' he said.

'I think they
like baseball. It’s revenue, and I know that’s their right and their
interest because they’re owners … and they’re good owners. But they
don’t love the game. It’s still more of a toy or a hobby for them. It’s
not their blood.'

If this is how they thought of in one of their own national sports, then their relationship with football may not be any more appealing to Liverpool fans.

Ian Rush

Mark Lawrenson

Born in the wrong era: Ian Rush and Mark Lawrenson could have promoted their trademark moustaches

Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres could pull off style in their younger days at Anfield

Spanish rulers: Xabi Alonso and Fernando Torres could pull off style in their younger days at Anfield

Michu snubbed by Tottenham, West Ham, Aston Villa, Stoke, Fulham and Leeds before Swansea swooped

REVEALED: The SIX Premier League clubs (and Leeds United) who snubbed Michu before Swansea swooped for 2.2m bargain

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22:10 GMT, 31 December 2012

If Roberto Mancini is having
sleepless nights over missing out on Robin van Persie, then one can only
imagine the mood at Tottenham's training ground every time Michu scores
for Swansea.

There,
at Hotspur Way, something of a dark comedy routine has been going on
this season between Pat Jennings and Tim Sherwood, an exchange that
usually ends with one telling the other: 'Don't mention Michu'. He's the
one that got away. Twice.

And once he was going for free. But Tottenham are not alone. Sportsmail understands
that Fulham, Stoke, West Brom, West Ham and Aston Villa were also told
by an independent agent in Spain about the 26-year-old in the summer and
encouraged to bid for a man who had just scored 15 goals in La Liga.

Summer steal: Michu has been a sensation since joining Swansea from Rayo Vallecano for just 2.2m

Summer steal: Michu has been a sensation since joining Swansea from Rayo Vallecano for just 2.2m

Who needs Michu

Michu has taken the Premier League by storm since joining Swansea in the summer. Here's how his goal tally compares with the leading scorers at the clubs he snubbed…

Premier League goals 2012-13 (as of Dec 31)

Michu – 13

Spurs – Jermain Defoe – 10

Aston Villa – Christian Benteke – 5

West Ham – Kevin Nolan – 5

Stoke – Jonathan Walters – 5

Fulham – Dimitar Berbatov – 6

West Brom – Romelu Lukaku – 6

And one in the Championship…

Leeds United – Luciano Becchio – 14

The fact that those goals came for
Rayo Vallecano, a struggling team that frequently couldn't afford to pay
their players, wasn't enough to coax an offer.

The
fact that most of the goals had come from midfield, and his release
clause was a relative snip at 3.2million, was seemingly also ignored.

In
Tottenham's case, the shame is a little deeper. Spurs were first
notified about Michu in the summer of 2011, when his contract at Celta
Vigo, who were then in the Spanish second tier, expired. It meant that
he was available on a free transfer.

At
the time, Michu was largely playing a deeper, more defensive role and
Tottenham snubbed the recommendat ion of Gerry Armstrong, a former Spurs
player-turned-Spanish football expert, to make a bid.

'Even
then, it was obvious this guy was a different class,' Armstrong said.
'He played a bit further back, but he was so comfortable on the ball.

Before he was famous: Michu in action against Real Madrid in September 2011 (when he was still up for grabs)

Before he was famous: Michu in action against Real Madrid in September 2011 (when he was still up for grabs), but Andre Villas-Boas, Paul Lambert and Sam Allardyce (below, left-right) all passed up the chance to sign him

Andre Villas-Boas

Paul Lambert

Sam Allardyce

'He
had brilliant vision, could win headers, could pass, could shoot. There
didn't seem to be anything missing.' It wasn't just a Premier League
thing. Leeds, along with the six top-flight clubs, were contacted by a
Spanish agent in the summer and, like the rest, did not act on the
recommendation. Swansea stumped up 2.2m.

The Bigger Picture

'He was offered, I think, to a lot of clubs in the summer,' Michael Laudrup told Sportsmail back in August.

'I think he will be a very good player here. I have a feeling that he will.

'There
is a lot of value in the Spanish market right now. There is not a lot
of money and you can get some very good deals. I think this is a good
deal.'

That conversation took place in the
week before Swansea opened their season against QPR – Michu's debut. He
scored twice in a 5-0 win. Then he scored again in their second game, a
3-0 win over West Ham.

'He can score goals, but I think he can do more,' Laudrup said in the summer.

Indeed,
he passes well, beats players, can poach and has a pile-driver in
either foot. In keeping with Swansea's modus operandi, he is comfortable
taking possession in small spaces, but he's also 6ft 1in and is superb
in the air, making him a target for long balls and crosses.

Laudrup
spoke of adding a Plan B and a greater goal threat in pre-season and
Michu has given him both. His Premier League tally stands at 13, one
short of Van Persie, who cost current leaders Manchester United 24m.

Paying attention: Spain's coach Vicente del Bosque says he will hand Michu his first international cap

Paying attention: Spain's coach Vicente del Bosque says he will hand Michu his first international cap

The Tale of the Tape

A week ago, Vicente del Bosque, the
Spain manager, took the unusual step of promising Michu his first
international cap, almost two months before of the world and European
champions' February 6 friendly with Uruguay in Doha.

Del
Bosque spoke out the night before Michu scored his 13th league goal of
the season in a 1-1 draw with Manchester United on December 23.

A
couple of days earlier, Sir Alex Ferguson had told his club's website
that he had not heard of the Spaniard prior to this season.

He
added that he would be having words with his scouting department.
Fergie won't be the only Premier League manager doing that. Or
Championship boss, for that matter.

Leading the way: Robin van Persie has scored the most goals in the Premier League this season

Leading the way: Robin van Persie has scored the most goals in the Premier League this season

VIDEO: Here's what all the fuss is about…

West Ham appear on The Simpsons, series 24 episode 7 "The Earth Stood Cool"

Hammers hit the big time as first Premier League club to be immortalised on The Simpsons

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11:45 GMT, 11 December 2012

West Ham have had their fair share of 'D'oh' moments over the years. But now they are the first ever Premier League club to be immortalised in the award-winning cartoon, The Simpsons.

Despite last weekend's defeat by Liverpool, the newly-promoted Hammers have made a promising start to the season.

And it seems that the efforts of Sam Allardyce's side have not gone unnoticed across the pond after the club were given a surprise mention on the legendary comedy show.

Hammer time: West Ham made a surprise appearance on the latest episode of The Simpsons

Hammer time: West Ham made a surprise appearance on the latest episode of The Simpsons

Action replay: Bart and Lisa are amazed to find a West Ham banner in the Bohemian room of new neighbour, T-Rex

Action replay: Bart and Lisa are amazed to find a West Ham banner in the Bohemian room of new neighbour, T-Rex

In the seventh episode of the current – and 24th – series, titled 'The Day The Earth Stood Cool', Bart and Lisa are amazed to discover a 'West Ham United' banner as they enter the Bohemian bedroom of new neighbour, T-Rex.

While the famous Castle crest is included, the east London outfit's traditional claret and blue colours are replaced with green and gold.

The Barclays Premier League club were thrilled by the appearance and tweeted: 'West Ham United were delighted to be featured in The Simpsons episode “The Day The Earth Stood Cool”!'

One stunned Hammers supporter, VeniceHammer, wrote on the Knees Up Mother Brown forum: 'At first I was a bit outraged since they got the colours so completely wrong, but then I guessed it was at least cool to be named in such a well-known TV show.

'Maybe it's all part of the plan for a re-branding after moving to the Olympic Stadium!'

Although there are no posters of the likes of Carlton Cole, Mark Noble and Kevin Nolan in T-Rex's room, West Ham can consider themselves among an elite list of celebrity guest stars on the show.

Making their Mark: West Ham are the first Premier League club to be immortalised on the hit American cartoon show

Making their Mark: West Ham are the first Premier League club to be immortalised on the hit American cartoon show

Tony Blair, Simon Cowell, Ricky Gervais, Gordon Ramsey and Sting are some of the notable British A-listers to have appeared in Springfield, along with other sporting greats including the Williams sisters, LeBron James and Oscar De La Hoya.

Cristiano Ronaldo('oh) featured in a skit during the 'Marge Gamer' episode alongside Homer Simpson, two years ago before the 2010 World Cup.

The Portugal and Real Madrid superstar delivers his trademark wink to the camera after nut-megging Homer on his Springfield doorstep.

Viva Espana: The Simpsons paid tribute to Spain's 2010 World Cup-winning team

Viva Espana: The Simpsons paid tribute to Spain's 2010 World Cup-winning team

The Spain World Cup winning-side were also immortalised by creator Matt Groening last year.

Cesc Fabregas tweeted a picture of his team-mates and wrote: 'How handsome [Carles] Puyol looks in this caricature of the Simpsons… ooooooohhhhhhhhh! Moooc moooc!'

VIDEO: Cristano Ronal-d'oh!

Bayern Munich"s David Alaba complains of racial insult by Austrian TV channel

Austrian TV channel says sorry to Bayern's Alaba after defender complains of racial insult

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17:23 GMT, 2 November 2012

Austrian broadcaster ORF has apologised to Bayern Munich defender David Alaba after he complained of being racially insulted in a television comedy sketch.

The sketch was featured as part of the 'Welcome Austria' program broadcast last month, when one of the show's white hosts was painted black to represent Alaba, an Austrian national team and Bayern Munich player. Another host played Austro-Canadian billionaire Frank Stronach.

The presenter playing Stronach calls the Alaba character a 'black man,' saying, 'You probably live in a refugee camp.' He then holds up a banana and asks, 'What is this You probably know this, you've always seen them. It's a banana.'

Offended: Austria defender David Alaba (right) in action for Bayern Munich

Offended: Austria defender David Alaba (right) in action for Bayern Munich

Austrian daily newspaper Die Presse reported that Alaba's legal representative wrote to ORF general manager Alexander Wrabetz to complain after an initial request to withdraw the clip from the internet went unheeded.

'Nothing could be further from ORF's
intention than to racially abuse anyone,' ORF head of communications
Martin Biedermann said in a statement on Friday.

Alaba: Handed apology by TV channel

Alaba: Handed apology by TV channel

'The satire was clearly
misunderstood, and we apologise for it because what counts is what
people take from it, and not what's intended.'

ORF spokesman Markus Wibmer said that the show's presenters, Dirk Stermann and Christoph Grissemann, had apologised for causing offense.

'They are very fond of David Alaba and it was never their intention to insult him,' Wibmer said.

He said the skit was part of a series of satirical sketches in which Grissemann performs as Stronach, who is prominent in Austrian politics, in various situations each week.

'If it was taken as a personal attack by Mr. Alaba we are sorry for that, but that was not the sketch's intention,' Wibmer said.

Bayern spokesman Markus Hoerwick told Die Presse that such an incident 'wouldn't be possible in Germany' and that should be the case also in Austria.

'Racism is explicitly banned and shunned in European football and across all leagues, and then you have something like this,' Hoerwick said. 'I find it tasteless.'

London 2012 Olympics: Jessica Ennis plays up for the cameras

It's Jess for laughs! Ennis plays up for the cameras after picking up Team GB kit

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UPDATED:

21:59 GMT, 19 July 2012

The Olympics are a week away — and Jessica Ennis cannot contain her excitement.

The heptathlete, 26, favourite for gold at London 2012, was in Loughborough on Thursday picking up her Team GB kit and passed through the adidas photo booth.

And she certainly didn’t look as if she was feeling any pressure, joking around with a pair of comedy sunglasses. Ennis flies out to Portugal with the GB athletics squad next week to begin her final preparations.

All smiles: Ennis showed no signs of nerves as she played up for the cameras in the adidas photo booth

All smiles: Ennis showed no signs of nerves as she played up for the cameras in the adidas photo booth

All smiles: Ennis showed no signs of nerves as she played up for the cameras in the adidas photo booth

Liverpool face backlash after asking fans on Twitter who they want to be new manager

Liverpool face fans backlash after asking on Twitter who they want to be new manager

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14:41 GMT, 18 May 2012

Liverpool found themselves at the centre of a new storm on Friday after asking fans on Twitter who they wanted as their new manager.

With the club reported to be speaking with Wigan boss Roberto Martinez, and Swansea manager Brendan Rodgers turning down a potential interview, Liverpool are supposedly going to consider a number of top candidates.

Farewell: Kenny Dalglish was sacked as Liverpool manager earlier this week

Farewell: Kenny Dalglish was sacked as Liverpool manager earlier this week

But fans were surprised to see the message 'Who do you want to replace Kenny Dalglish as #LFC manager' on Friday.

Later in the day, the message was taken down and replaced with 'Context of our last tweet seems to have been misunderstood – we were simply looking for fan views to include on a fun online feature'.

Are you sure Liverpool seemed to suggest their request for views on a new manager was for a 'fun' feature

Are you sure Liverpool seemed to suggest their request for views on a new manager was for a 'fun' feature

Some Liverpool supporters were far from impressed however. One fan tweeted: 'Not the most impressive week in @lfc history leadership seems very amateurish', while another said 'Crazy how much @LFC has fallen out of touch with the fans. A 'fun' game on next manager 2 days after sacking the clubs biggest icon #hideous'.

Another said: 'A good choice would be Ronald McDonald, with all the comedy at your club'.

Leaving for Liverpool Roberto Martinez could be the next manager at Anfield

Leaving for Liverpool Roberto Martinez could be the next manager at Anfield

Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish was sacked earlier this week, after a dreadful Premier League campaign.

With the club once again not playing Champions League football next season, the owners will be all too aware of the significance of their next appointment.

Behind the scenes at Soccer Saturday

Jeff, Robbie, Merse, Thommo and Charlie are game for a laugh

It's the football show with no football, the weekly six-hour comedy sitcom with no script.

Four former footballers sitting in a studio wearing headphones watching matches we can't see, with a Hartlepool United fan giving us the latest scores from around the country (with the help of more ex-players watching matches we can't see).

Does it sound bonkers Oh yes. But that's just why Sky's Soccer Saturday works so well….

Must-see TV: Jeff Stelling, Robbie Fowler, Paul Merson, Phil Thompson and Charlie Nicholas

Must-see TV: Jeff Stelling, Robbie Fowler, Paul Merson, Phil Thompson and Charlie Nicholas

It is 10.30am on Saturday at Sky's
studios in Brentford, west London. There are just 90 minutes to go
before the show goes live on air – not that you would know it, as
everyone is so relaxed.

Presenter Jeff Stelling is browsing the day's newspapers before he goes and retrieves his James Brown doll from his locker.

The singing puppet makes an appearance whenever its Hartlepool namesake gets on the score sheet.

Former Liverpool striker Robbie Fowler looks a little nervous and another Scouser, Phil Thompson, is doing his best to put him at ease.

Ex-Arsenal midfielder Paul Merson is deep in a copy of the Racing Post, busy predicting the day's football results.

Each pundit picks a winner each week and the five 20 bets go into an accumulator.

They haven't won for 'about two years' but they keep an eye on their teams throughout the show.

'People don't realise, but we're ribbing each other if one's letting us down,' explains Thompson.

'If Jeff's is down we'll all be staring at him and then rip him apart during the ad breaks.'

Telly buddies: Jeff lets Laura into Soccer Saturday secrets

Telly buddies: Jeff lets Laura into Soccer Saturday secrets

Former Arsenal and Celtic striker Charlie Nicholas is the last to arrive, breezing in with a diamond stud in his left ear and wearing dark glasses.

It is non-stop from the moment they are together.

So who takes the longest in make up, then

'Thommo – powdering that hooter!' says Merson, whose unique take on the English language comes in for the most stick.

Norwich City suddenly had a player called 'Cinnamon Jackson'.

'Rangel Angel' has also been known to play for Swansea.

'The worst thing is we know what he means,' notes Nicholas.

He's not the only one, mind you. Fowler manages to label Per Mertesacker 'Metzelder' and describes 'Terry Henry' scoring Arsenal's winner agains t Sunderland.

'It's like football dressing-room banter,' explains Nicholas, 'and Jeff chairs it well and winds us all up.'

Thompson adds: 'People look at us and it's just like a bunch of guys sitting in the pub having a laugh and taking the mickey out of each other.

'I'm the big-nosed biased Scouser, Charlie's the Scotsman with an earring in who still thinks he's 25, Merse just can't get a name right and Jeff is the biased Hartlepool Monkey Hanger.

'But we do have our own opinions about things. We've maybe bridged that gap, between a sports show and an entertainment show.

'Certain people in the game said, “Oh, it's the comedy show” but isn't that what sport's about: fun and enjoyment It was a back-handed compliment.'

Merson spends the first 55 minutes drawing a picture of a house while the panel give their opinions on a tumultuous week in football.

Steering the ship: Stelling keeps the panel under control (usually)

Steering the ship: Stelling keeps the panel under control (usually)

The commercial breaks are spent ordering food from the studio runner (or, in the case of Fowler and Merson, trying to catch Maltesers in their mouths).

But there's a serious side, too.

This is a results service, after all, and there are frequent updates from the day's early kick-offs, before Stelling really gets into his stride at 3pm.

He starts preparing the Tuesday before each show, devouring the bundle of statistics provided by Trevor Simmons, who feeds extra titbits of information throughout the show, which Stelling weaves in almost effortlessly.

Making it up: Merson gets a makeover

Making it up: Merson gets a makeover

It really is a military operation.

Director Karen Willmington, producer Ian Condron and their crew members keep tabs on myriad screens showing games throughout the country, plus the information on the vidiprinter, while the studio pundits and roving reporters shout and scream about goals or incidents in their particular games.

'We all enjoy our football and I think that's what makes it so exciting,' said Thompson.

'When the three o'clocks kick off and it's all flashing round, it shows proper passion for the game.'

The constant drip-feed of controversy, upsets, goals and red cards provides an enthralling storyline to which Stelling must react.

Stelling is Soccer Saturday, the unflustered front man who keeps it all together without the help of an autocue, and you wonder if there is life after Jeff for the programme.

The fact he supports a League One side has helped to mould the show's success: it doesn't just focus on the Premier League with a few token lower-division results thrown in. It encompasses English and Scottish football, plus some non-League football, too.

Stelling said: 'I used to sit and watch Ceefax, the pages clicked over and you waited for your team's score to come through. Being a Hartlepool fan, you weren't going to hear your team's score on national radio or anything like that and it was the same for most football fans.

'We don't give equal treatment to lower league sides but we give them as much as we can. I love it, because some of the best stories out there are from the lower leagues, or from Scotland.'

Even Stelling admits he is still surprised by the success of a programme he has presented since 1998.

He knows: Thommo gives his opinion about Jeffs make-up (right)

He knows: Thommo gives his opinion
about Jeffs make-up (right)

'If somebody had said to me that we would still be going strong, I'd have thought they were crackers,' he said.

It really should not work, yet it does.

The blokey humour, opinion and insight is both entertaining and informative. It's a cosy little club, but that's part of its charm.

Stelling laughs when it is suggested Soccer Saturday has become as much a part of the weekend football routine for some people as a pie and a Bovril.

'They should really go to a game, shouldn't they' he says.

Dereck Chisora ringwalk song banned – Vitali Klitschko

I'll have Klitschko dancing to my tune, claims Chisora after ring-walk song KO

Dereck Chisora believes Vitali Klitschko is trying to upset his rhythm ahead of their heavyweight showdown on Saturday – by having the Londoner's ring-walk tune banned.

Chisora, 28, had planned to make his entrance to the Only Fools and Horses theme song at Munich's Olympiahalle.

But the German promoters were far from amused by his song choice and insist 'Del Boy' must choose something more recognisable.

Clearing the path to glory: Dereck Chisora plays in the snow ahead of his world title fight in Munich

Clearing the path to glory: Dereck Chisora plays in the snow ahead of his world title fight in Munich

Chisora, who arrived at a press conference in London earlier this year in a Robin Reliant from the hit show, told The Sun: '(They have) No sense of humour, obviously.

'I could not believe the Klitschkos KO’d my music. I mean, next to the national anthem, it's the most recognisable theme tune in the world!

'They didn't know what it was at first but then listened to it and came back saying it was childish and silly – which is an insult to one of the best TV comedy shows of all time.

'They want me to come into the ring with some Euro rock trash like Europe's The Final Countdown. But I can't come out to that – everyone knows me as Del Boy.

Theme tune KO: Chisora will not be allowed to enter the ring to the Only Fools and Horses song

Theme tune KO: Chisora will not be allowed to enter the ring to the Only Fools and Horses song

'I'm beginning to think they're just a load of plonkers, as Del would say.

'But I genuinely feel it's the Klitschkos trying to upset my rhythm because they have finally realised what I am capable of.'

Chisora claims he will knock Klitschko out in the eighth round but he faces a daunting challenge against the Ukrainian who has lost only twice in his career, and not since 2003 when he tasted defeat against Britain's Lennox Lewis.

And Frank Warren, Chisora's promoter, acknowledges that his charge will have to cause one of the greatest upsets of all time to take home the WBC belt.

Snow time for games: Chisora in Munich

Snow time for games: Chisora in Munich

'Everything is against Dereck,' he admitted. 'Unfortunately, we’re on the pauper’s side of the fence in negotiations and, as Vitali is obliging us with a voluntary defence, we’ve had to agree to a lot of things that we’d not have accepted had we been in a mandatory position. But Dereck is adamant that he wants the big fights and we can’t deliver any bigger than this.

‘I know Dereck has been predicting an eighth round knockout but that’s a very big call. Both Klitschkos are phenomenal fighters, easily the best of their generation, and it’s a big ask to expect to receive a decision against them in Germany. I just hope the judges won’t be fazed as they were in Finland (where Chisora dropped a hugely contentious decision to local hope Robert Helenius in his last gig in early December). The public aren’t stupid. They know who’s won the fight so why cheat them

‘What I do know is that Dereck goes into this fight 100 per cent both physically and mentally. In the shape he’s in, I guarantee he’d have taken care of the majority of the fighters who’ve taken Vitali into the later rounds previously.

‘Vitali’s knocking on and I suspect he isn’t comfortable with a lot of speed and movement. If Dereck is able to emulate the workrate and desire that he showed against Robert Helenius, and can maintain the confidence to constantly apply pressure, he’ll give Vitali a lot to think about. I’ll certainly be having a good wager on him.’

Meanwhile, it has emerged that Chisora turned down a 70,000 offer from a sponsor who wanted to put their logo on the bottom of his boots.

Clearly, they were confident the Brit would spend enough time on the canvas to make the investment worthwhile, but Chisora turned his nose up at the money.

Practice makes perfect: Chisora (right) faces the toughest test of his career against Klitschko

Practice makes perfect: Chisora (right) faces the toughest test of his career against Klitschko

Countdown: Vitali Klitschko (left) has not lost since 2003 when he was beaten by Lennox Lewis

Countdown: Vitali Klitschko (left) has not lost since 2003 when he was beaten by Lennox Lewis

'I’m not here to make up the numbers and no one was going to put their logo on the soles of my boots,' he told the Daily Telegraph. 'Doing that would have been like a white flag of surrender even before I stepped into the ring.

'Why would I want anyone to advertise on the soles of my boots The only time you’ll see the soles of my feet is when I’m dead. Or maybe running for a bus but believe me, I won’t be running on Saturday night.

Klitschko v Chisora is live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 456/ Virgin Ch. 546) on Saturday, 18 February.