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Hatton Urges Haye To Continue: He'll Beat The Klitschkos

Ricky Hatton still firmly believes that David Haye can unify the heavyweight division and has called on the former WBA world champion to postpone his retirement.

Haye surrendered his WBA belt to Wladimir Klitschko last week after being out-pointed by the Ukrainian in a largely one-sided contest in Hamburg.

Despite blaming the defeat on a broken toe, Haye's failure to deliver the explosive performance he promised in his pre-fight rhetoric has led many to suggest that the Londoner is not capable of realising his dream of beating Wladimir and his brother Vitali, who hold all the belts in the heavyweight division.

Haye has always said he will retire before his 31st birthday in October, but he is now reconsidering those plans, with a rematch against Wladimir, or a contest against WBC champion Vitali, a possibility.

Hatton, a former two-weight world champion, called time on his glittering boxing career yesterday, but he does not want Haye to follow suit.

"The decision is his but I think retirement is a bit too early for him," Hatton said.

"I think he should give it a couple more fights. He still has a lot to offer."

The 'Hitman' enjoyed some of his most memorable moments in the ring in Las Vegas while Haye has never boxed in the sport's most glamorous city.

Haye's only two fights outside Europe came early in his career as a cruiserweight when he fought Roger Bowden in Florida and Vance Winn at the Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills.

Earlier this week Golden Boy Promotions chief Richard Schaefer said that Haye should rebuild his career in the United States and Hatton agrees.

"It would be nice for David Haye to see the Hayemaker's name up in lights in Las Vegas like I had. He's not had the chance to do that yet," said Hatton, who fought five times in Vegas.

"It would be nice for him to go to America, re-establish himself over there and come back and get a rematch over here with Wladimir or fight Vitali.

"He is still the most exciting heavyweight in the division. I am proud to call him a friend and I think if he does come back we will get right behind him."

Haye's camp complained that underhand tactics from the Klitschkos and the Londoner's toe injury meant the Briton was at a disadvantage for the fight in Germany last Saturday.

The fact that Haye was giving away three inches in height and over two stone in weight, however, meant Klitschko was always a firm favourite to win and the judges rightly scored heavily in his favour.

But Hatton, who only lost twice in his 47-fight career, thinks Haye is good enough to beat either Klitschko on his day.

Hatton said: "It just didn't happen for him on that night. Some nights you turn up and it just doesn't work. You have to hold your hands up and say, 'Listen, that's why the Klitschkos have been dominating the division for a decade'.

"But David is still the most exciting heavyweight. He is capable of beating Wladimir and Vitali. I just don't think it happened for him on that night."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by KingKhan1 on 07-09-2011

Also, according to Adam Booth Haye's actual weight for the fight was 208lb = 14 st 12lb. in comparison to Klitschko's 242lb = 17 st 4lb. I dont know why Haye weighed in so light. The ruiz fight he weighed…

Comment by KingKhan1 on 07-09-2011

Lets be honest here, Wladimir was classes above haye in that fight. Hate tried to get under Wlad's skin before and during the fight. That tells me that he was worried about how he was going to win. Where Wlad…

Comment by jknightx on 07-09-2011

[QUOTE=Cleaver;10807994]Haye has ability, but he is rightly getting grief from the fallout of his trash talk. If he continues I think he'll get one of the brothers, let the dust settle and see what happens. However the trust barrier is…

Comment by [email protected] on 07-09-2011

i disagree...haye has no chance of beating either klistchkos... wlad and vitali's reach advantage is too much for haye...wlad and vitali just know how to use that advantages... and haye has no antidote for that...

Comment by Cleaver on 07-08-2011

Haye has ability, but he is rightly getting grief from the fallout of his trash talk. If he continues I think he'll get one of the brothers, let the dust settle and see what happens. However the trust barrier is…

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