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Valuev Advises Vitali To Reject David Haye Challenge

By Alexander Pavlov & Ilya Buyaevu

Russia's first world heavyweight champion Nikolai Valuev, has advised the current WBC beltholder, Vitali Klitschko, to reject the challenge of British star David Haye. Three years ago Valuev lost a twelve round decision to Haye. The Russian boxer suffered from a variety of injuries and never fought again. During his layoff, there were several negotations to make a fight with Vitali, but all of them fell apart due to financial reasons.

"If I was in the position of Vitali, I would not agree to a fight with Haye," Valuev said.

Valuev admits the match would make a lot of money for Vitali, but the viewing public will not get a fight packed with action. Instead, they will get a bout similar to Wladimir Klitschko's dominating, and action lacking, twelve round decision over Haye.

Vitali has yet to make a decision regarding his career. He expects to do so in the coming weeks. If Vitali decides to retire, he will pursue a full-time career in politics.

Alexander Pavlov covers boxing for Sportbox.ru