By Phil D. Jay
Two-weight world champion Evander Holyfield has given his backing to David Haye against WBC title holder Vitali Klitschko, but only if the Briton comes into the fight 100% following his below-par performance against Wladimir last year.
The fighting legend, who turns 50 in October, was impressed with Haye’s victory over Dereck Chisora earlier this month and gives the 'Hayemaker’ a fair chance of dethroning the Ukrainian if their touted March bout is finalised.
"Haye v Chisora was a good fight, David hit hard and had the speed to get the victory,” Holyfield told World Boxing News.
“It’s hard to predict if he can beat Vitali at this point or what he can do on the night, but if he is prepared he may be able to get the win.”
Holyfield is still adamant that he will not fight unless there is a title involved and confirmed this when asked if a contest against the former WBA champion was possible.
“At this point, a fight with Haye is not on the cards, I will only fight for a title,” stated Holyfield.
“I don’t think it really matters if the world title fight comes right now, but I would fight definitely fight the winner of Povetkin v Rahman.
“I won’t be making any decision on retirement yet. When I make my mind up, I make my mind up,” he added.
Phil D. Jay covers boxing for worldboxingnews.net