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Haye promises to face Klitschko in spring

Published time: December 11, 2010 12:08
Edited time: December 13, 2010 00:48
AFP Photo / Andrew Yates

AFP Photo / Andrew Yates

WBA heavyweight champion David Haye has confirmed that Wladimir Klitschko wants to see him as his next opponent, but not another British boxer Dereck Chisora.

­The Klitschko’s bout with Chisora was cancelled during the week due to the Ukrainian tearing his abdominal muscle. 

“At last it seems to have gotten through to Klitschko that I mean what I say. I will be sticking to my retirement plan of quitting next November when I’ll be 31. There is not a career-defining fight on his record, and along with the money, that’s why he wants to step into the ring with me next. He will earn more money by fighting me than anyone else,” Haye told the Daily Star newspaper.

The British boxer claimed that his match with IBF and WBO tile holder may take place as soon as spring 2011.

“I will move heaven and earth trying to get the bout with Klitschko staged in England, and Wembley would be the ideal place. It’s looking likely for March, but maybe we could push it back six weeks because of the unpredictable weather. I’ve also been told that it would be a very big fight in Las Vegas. Some think it would match Hatton’s fights with hundreds of Brits coming to pack the casinos and have a good time,” the 30 year-old said.

Haye withdrew from the planned fight with Wladimir in June 2009, claiming he had a back injury. And a few months later the Brit turned down a September clash with the elder of the Klitschko brothers – Vitaly. That time the explanation was because of the Ukrainian’s unrealistic financial demands.

David Haye became WBA champion in November 2010 after beating Nikolay Valuev of Russian on points.