By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
VITALI KLITSCHKO has vowed to go one better than his brother Wladimir by declaring: “I will destroy David Haye.”
Vitali Klitschko, 39, is seriously considering a clash with David Haye, who was convincingly beaten by his younger brother earlier this month.
Vitali said: “If I fight him I can promise one thing – to send him to the floor and say, ‘What is your excuse now?’
“Haye said he had a broken toe after Wladimir beat him but there will be no excuse when I send him to the canvas.”
Wladimir added Haye’s WBA belt to the IBF, WBO and IBO world titles – but he has now been elevated to ‘Super’ champion by the WBA, with Ruslan Chagaev and Aleksandr Povetkin fighting each other later this year to determine the new champion.
Vitali added: “The reason why we wanted to fight him first time was for his belt but now it is not just that – it is more personal.
“David Haye is world famous just for his trash talk. I was so happy for Wladimir because it was difficult to fight someone who was always trying to run away.”
With Vitali facing Tomasz Adamek in Poland on September 10, Haye would have to wait until early next year for a fight.
But, despite saying he would retire on his 31st birthday in October, Haye admits he could be tempted to change his mind.
Now Vitali is openly talking about a possible fight with the Londoner, Haye may reconsider his future.
Vitali said: “I will make this fight so that he will have no excuses.
“It’s my goal, if the fight happens, to knock him out badly. He needs to pay for his bad words.
“Usually, after a fight we become good friends with our opponents. I have respect for other fighters because we all do the same job.
“What David Haye has said about us shows he has no respect so our feelings to him are not the same as our other opponents.
“David Haye is done but, if he wants, I will be very happy to personally send him to the floor.”
Wladimir, meanwhile, accused Haye of not having the guts to make a fight of it during their bout in Hamburg.
He said: “I expected David Haye to get some courage and try to land a Hayemaker in the final few rounds – but I saw nothing.
“David did not want to take any kind of risk whatsoever. He didn’t want to take a chance of being knocked out.
“He never remotely came at me. In a funny sort of way, that was one of the most chilling aspects of the fight.”
On Haye’s broken toe, Klitschko added: “If it was such a big issue he should have mentioned it in advance.”