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Vitali: Haye Had a Concrete Offer, He Picked Chisora

Vitali Klitschko reminded David Haye on Monday he rejected the chance to meet in a heavyweight super fight in favour of facing Dereck Chisora.

Haye demanded a showdown with Klitschko after flattening Chisora in an explosive five-round victory at Upton Park on Saturday night.

The 31-year-old expressed his fear a fight against Klitschko would never happen because his performance against Chisora was "too good".

Klitschko, speaking in Moscow to publicise his clash with Manuel Charr on September 8, insisted Haye should have been his next opponent.

"David Haye was supposed to be at this press conference," Klitschko told Russian news agency RIA Novosti.

"He had a concrete offer for a fight in September and he refused.

"He turned down a fight with Vitali Klitschko in favour of one with Chisora."

Haye opted against fighting Klitschko due to the size of the purse being offered, knowing he could make more money from settling his grudge match with Chisora.

Klitschko's manager Bernd Boente declared on Sunday that the 40-year-old is unlikely to face Haye now because he hopes to launch his political career in Ukraine in October.

If he fails to tempt his preferred target into one more fight, then Haye will enter retirement for a second time satisfied by what he has achieved.

"If a fight with Vitali happens down the line, fantastic," Haye told BBC Sport.

"If it doesn't then I've been undisputed cruiserweight champion of the world and a heavyweight champion of the world.

"I've achieved more than I anticipated I would do as a youngster.

"I'm happy with what I've done in the ring and it's nice to finish on such a high.

"When I retired after losing to Wladimir (Klitschko) a year ago, it left a bitter taste in my mouth.

"But this time round after fighting in London in front of 30,000 of my fans, it really did put a smile on my face.

"If that's my last fight, it's one I'm very proud and happy of."

Frank Warren stated on Saturday that a meeting between Haye and Vitali would have to be staged at Wembley such would be the interest.

And the promoter believes Haye would triumph - if he carried the fight to the older Klitschko brother.

"It will happen, 100%, unless Vitali retires. If Dereck had won he'd have fought Wladimir, if David won he was going to fight Vitali," Warren said.

"Now David against Vitali is a natural fight. I was impressed with David against Chisora and he's made me change my opinion of him.

"David fights a lot off his back foot and if you do that against big guys, it suits their gameplan.

"But if you jump on them and get under that jab, the one thing they can't do is fight on the inside and deal with a high workrate.

"Vitali's an old guy now, he's 40 years of age, and Dereck has shown how he can be beaten."

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Boxing Sage on 07-17-2012

I would love to see this fight, but I think Vitali will win his election and move to politics.

Comment by Ray* on 07-17-2012

[QUOTE=Fix;12343318]Damn, Vitali has just proven he's a liar [SIZE="5"][COLOR="Black"][B][I]because everyone is going to remember Boente saying that if Haye beats Chisora then they can make the fight. [/I][/B][/COLOR][/SIZE] I don't dislike Vitali, he's actually on my favorite heavyweights since Lewis…

Comment by Someone88 on 07-17-2012

[QUOTE=The Weebler II;12345675]Do you really think so? imo he looked very uncomfortable and vulnerable when hit, he really got on his bike and looked shaky, Chisora didn't have the power to finish him but Vitali does. The knockout was impressive,…

Comment by Ray* on 07-17-2012

Wait but didnt Vitali or Boente told Haye to go fight Chisora when the post fight presser was going on at the end of the Vital/Chisora fight? I seem to remember all of them (Frank warren included) saying something close…

Comment by BetterCallSaul on 07-17-2012

[QUOTE=The Weebler II;12345662]Yeah Haye talks like he put in a great performance against Chisora, imo he looked vulnerable at times against a fighter with limited power. If Vitali takes the fight he stands a good chance of stopping Haye whereas…

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