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."