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Vitali Klitschko ‘not thinking about Haye’

Published time: December 23, 2012 15:17
Edited time: December 23, 2012 19:17
Ukrainian boxer Vitali Klitschko (AFP Photo / Vladimir Astapkovich)

Ukrainian boxer Vitali Klitschko (AFP Photo / Vladimir Astapkovich)

WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has dispelled rumors surrounding a possible fight with David Haye, despite the Brit claiming everything is ready for their encounter.

The quoted the Klitschko as saying that he is "not even thinking about David Haye."

Klitschko, who has recently moved from the boxing ring to a comfy cabin in the Ukrainian Rada, said Haye "has lied" about the details of their past negotiations and had "several opportunities" to make their fight happen.

Haye, who lost to Klitschko’s younger brother Wladimir last summer, told the Evening Standard earlier this week that he wants “to knock out Vitali Klitschko in 2013."

"The contract for the fight has been agreed and is there ready to sign. Were it simply up to me, I'd be training to fight right now,”
Hate said. "Nobody seems to know if Vitali wants to set foot again in the ring, let alone face somebody as dangerous as me. What I do know is that by this time next year I will either be a retired former world heavyweight champ or the new world heavyweight champ."

The final WBC eliminator is scheduled for next year between Bermane Stiverne and Chris Arreola, whom Klitschko floored in 2009. But Klitschko's manager, Bernd Boente, said the winner of Arreola-Stiverne is not the type of opponent they would want for a farewell fight.