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Haye: Vitali Slowed Down, I Can Knock Him Out!

By Edward Chaykovsky

Former two division champion David Haye (26-2, 24KOs) is still craving the opportunity to face WBC heavyweyight beltholder Vitali Klitschko. Haye even admits that he is “obsessive” about fighting Vitali in 2013. The British star wants to badly redeem himself after a poor showing against Vitali’s brother, Wladimir, in July 2011.

Haye states that RTL, which the network in Germany that has Vitali under a contract, is also hungry for the two of them to fight. He says styles make fights and he believes his style is perfect for knocking the aggressive Vitali out. Haye may never get that opportunity, as Vitali is seriously considering the possibility of retirement to pursue a full-time career in politics.

“I achieved my goals, which were to become world champion. I’ve got enough money in the bank to be comfortable and I’ve still got my faculties intact. But there is that obsessive thing still there about facing Vitali in the ring. There’s a final chapter to be written. RTL want it. They’re trying to do all they can to secure that fight. It’s just down to Vitali. I haven’t heard from him for six months. Hopefully, I’m included in the Klitschko plans at some stage. Once I get a date, I’ll be back in the gym, cracking on with it," Haye told Gulf News.

“There’s nobody else in heavyweight division that can give RTL the viewing figures. Vitali’s never had that flagship fight, that one mega-fight that people will always remember him for. The only one people remember is the fight with Lennox Lewis, in which he came off second best. That was ten years ago. Klitschko was stopped after the sixth round with a huge gash over his left eye that required 60 stitches.”

"If he doesn’t want to do it [fight], then I’ll survive. But for boxing’s sake, I hope that he wants a good challenge. He’s very aggressive and I’m a great counter-puncher and I think I can knock him out. He’s getting to the age now, at 41, whereby he’s slowed down slightly. But if he doesn’t want to fight, I’m very happy with my resume."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by The Hammer on 01-15-2013

[QUOTE=Lovci;12918794]I'm always annoyed when someone wants a fight and gives a reason like this on why they can win. So basically you are saying you couldn't win before?[/QUOTE]Exactly, it's not a good reason to want a fight somebody. When Vitali…

Comment by Ravens Fan on 01-15-2013

[QUOTE=Skittlez;12919091]Helenius is over rated? Fury is over rated? Haye is overrated? Povetkin is overrated? So basically what you are saying according to all your posts is outside of K2- This era is ****.[/QUOTE] I believe Haye is a decent fighter.…

Comment by Skittlez on 01-15-2013

[QUOTE=Ravens Fan;12919025]I give Haye about as much credit as any fighter deserves for beating a fighter that gets to much credit for losing to an overrated Fury and than winning a couple of rounds against an ancient Vitali. The only…

Comment by Ravens Fan on 01-15-2013

[QUOTE=Skittlez;12918762]How much credit do you give Haye for avenging Vitali's honor in knocking out Chisora? Remember Chisora slapped Vitali? And spat on Wlad's face (than bizarrely Wlad licked it off)[/QUOTE] I give Haye about as much credit as any fighter…

Comment by Da Machine on 01-15-2013

I'm always annoyed when someone wants a fight and gives a reason like this on why they can win. So basically you are saying you couldn't win before?

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