By Chris LaBate
IBO cruiserweight champion Antonio Tarver is still pushing for a fight with former two division champion David Haye, who is currently trying to land a summer showdown with WBC heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko.
Last week, BoxingScene.com printed a story where Tarver challenged Haye to a heavyweight fight. Tarver, like Haye, is trying to fight a Klitschko. Tarver wants younger brother Wladimir, who holds the IBO/WBO/IBF/WBA titles. To solve their problems, Tarver is challenging Haye to a high-stake showdown - and the winner moves on to a Klitschko fight.
Tarver told SunSport: "I believe Haye should fight me because of what I'm bringing to the table — a real giant reputation in the sport of boxing. I challenged him a while ago and he hasn't publicly addressed me yet, which tells me that he and his whole team see me as a valid threat. He wants me to go away but I'm not. I want that fight because it makes sense for both of us."
"If Haye can't beat me he doesn't deserve Vitali and if I can't beat him then I don't deserve Wladimir. Let's see who really belongs in the ring with the Klitschko brothers. A fight between Haye and me will be a giant springboard for the winner, with the Klitschkos waiting. Haye is a great fighter, I just want the challenge and the opportunity to prove I belong among the very best."