By Mark Vester
WBA heavyweight champion David Haye continues to apply the pressure for a deal to get struck with IBF/IBO/WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko. Haye advised the BBC that he plans move forward with his plan to retire in October 2011 - with or without the Klitschko fight taking place.
"I'll retire in October next year - if [the fight] doesn't happen next year it won't happen, I'll just have to accept that becoming the WBA champion was enough and move on with my life. "That'll be 20 years of getting punched in the face, which is a long enough time. I set my goals and achieved them so unifying the titles is the cherry on the cake but if it doesn't happen it wasn't meant to be and I've just got to get on with my life," Haye said.
If an agreement with Klitschko doesn't come together, Haye will honor the WBA's recent order to meet his mandatory obligation against former champion Ruslan Chagaev.
"I'll have to look out for good challengers. The mandatory challenger is Ruslan Chagaev, who is an awkward southpaw, but I've come off the back of training for a southpaw after the Audley Harrison fight. It wouldn't be too hard to put that fight together and I'm sure he'll jump at the chance of challenging for the world title, but he'll get the same treatment as everybody else," Haye said.