David Haye revealed he knew as soon he stepped into the ring to face Audley Harrison on Saturday night that the challenger did not want to engage in a fight.
Haye delivered on his promise to "destroy" supposedly bitter rival Harrison with a devastating third-round stoppage to retain his WBA heavyweight title in Manchester. The paying public were displeased, however, as a tepid opening two rounds preceded Harrison's third-round capitulation.
"The fact he wouldn't look in my eye when I got into the ring told me he didn't want to engage. I like to look in their eyes and say 'let's do this'. He wouldn't do that - he was looking everywhere but my eyes," said Haye.
"That didn't mean he was going to get knocked out but it did mean he didn't want to engage. I said I wanted him to come out and fight but he didn't, unfortunately."
The champion maintained throughout the build-up that his fellow Londoner was not deserving of a title shot and that the fight was made simply due to the public's interest in a former Olympic champion who is now simply a figure of fun.
So it proved, Haye starting extremely tentatively before stepping it up to knock Harrison down before finishing it off to leave the 2000 Olympian with few remaining options and surely staring at retirement.
Haye is willing to let bygones be bygones while Harrison realistically has no future in the ring.
"Whatever was said is in the past now. We both trained hard, both made sacrifices... we did it and I came off the better man," Haye said.
"I was always confident I would do. I think it shows how serious I was by coming in as light as I did (15st 0.5lb).
"I made sure all the angles were covered - I think you saw that in my performance. As soon as I put the punches together I think it was over."