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David Haye Praises Froch and Povetkin, Rips Klitschko

By Terence Dooley

David Haye has told Sky's Ringside show that Wlad and Vitali Klistchko need him in order to cement their legacies.  Haye is engaged in a bitter feud with the younger Klitschko brother, citing bad blood on both sides when asked why he has not been as vocal about a showdown with WBC boss Vitali.  "I have told Adam [Booth] what I want," stressed Haye when declaring that Wlad is his dream opponent.

"It sounds so simple.  If they want to fight why wait?  Why is Wladimir having a warm-up fight (against Derek Chisora) if he's so confident?  I've been to Germany once already when I won the (WBA heavyweight) title.  I am tried and tested in travelling and winning.  I've done the whole thing of trying to embarrass them into fights, they either want it or they don't.  I've called them out so many different times now."

He added, "I don't know if it is a money thing.  Wlad didn't like getting knocked out by Corrie Sanders, he doesn't like fast guys who come at him.  I've got the desire and the hunger for Wladimir.  There's bad blood.  He needs me for his legacy."

Haye, 25-1 (23), heaped praise on compatriot Carl Froch, pointing to the Nottingham man's fighting spirit as something that is lacking in prospective heavyweight opponents.  He said, "People underrate him but people in the game, and in America, they all love Carl Froch.  Everyone loved that Jermain Taylor fight.  He fights the best of the best and it is a shame that I haven't got those five or six guys (in the heavyweight division).  I sparred Carl in my amateur days.  We were both like minded people and both thought we were the best."

"We're completely different fighters," he said when asked who is the better boxer.  "I'd love to go down to super-middle and have him come to heavyweight to test me!  When we sparred, I have to say that it was pretty even.  I always had a bit of weight on him.  Put us together and you'd get a great fight, a technical draw!"

"Alexander Povetkin is very good.  He did really well to win the Olympics and it would be a nice story if he manages to become my mandatory if I can't fight Chagaev, it will be a great fight," revealed Haye when asked about his next move.     

"Wladimir in the Summer and Vitali in September, in an ideal world," joked Haye as he pondered his immediate future.  "In the realistic world, I will fight my mandatory challenger and then fight in September, hopefully against Wladimir, if he wants to do it - I'm ready, let's get it on."

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User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by ChopperRead on 02-18-2011

[QUOTE=hweightblogger;10124077]But I think Byrd deserves credit for his bend'n'flex style that EVENTUALLY broke the shoulder. As JoeySucks correctly pointed out Vitali was missing and missing.[/quote] I'll give Byrd credit in his prime for being elusive, sure, but he could do…

Comment by Joeyzagz on 02-18-2011

[QUOTE=hweightblogger;10124089]Oh, now it's "Brian Nielson"? Hmm, you still didn't get it right. "Lennox Louis" by the way also yields the correct result. Doesn't change the fact that you failed.[/QUOTE] Brian Nielsen did not need a "Bobby Nielsen" to protect him…

Comment by ace2ace234 on 02-18-2011

I genuinely like haye I though he was gona be great for the HW devision,finally someone with a bita charachter about him but hes fooled me and many others.... Haye pulled out of fights with both brothers before and I…

Comment by hweightblogger on 02-18-2011

[quote=JoeyZagz;10124035]You can find Brian Nielson using the boxrec search engine...[/quote] Oh, now it's "Brian Nielson"? Hmm, you still didn't get it right. "Lennox Louis" by the way also yields the correct result. Doesn't change the fact that you failed.

Comment by hweightblogger on 02-18-2011

[quote=ChopperRead;10123835]I don't agree there: Vitali was winning the fight handily when he was injured, so he was competing and competing well.[/quote] But I think Byrd deserves credit for his bend'n'flex style that EVENTUALLY broke the shoulder. As JoeySucks correctly pointed…

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