Haye: I want Vitali and then Wladimir
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s) says he’s not just looking to get one big fight against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and then go off into retirement. Haye says he wants to stick around long enough to unify all the heavyweight titles, and to do that he wants to fight Vitali, and then Wladimir Klitschko.
If Haye were to win both of those fights, he’d have all of the heavyweight titles in his possession so that he could then retire with them.
Haye said to AFP “The world needs one unified champion and I hope we can agree to fight at a football stadium in Germany this summer against Vitali. After I have fought Vitali, I want revenge against Wladimir to be able to unify the heavyweight titles, which hasn’t been done in several years.”
Looks like Haye has taken a new strategy to try and get a fight against Vitali. Instead of telling everyone that he just wants that one fight so he can retire afterwards, which gave the impression to more than a few boxing fans that Haye was just looking to get a payday before retiring, he’s now saying he’s going to stick around to fight Wladimir. Good luck, Haye. That’s not exactly an earth shattering statement on Haye’s part because it was pretty clear that if Haye were to get a fight with Vitali and beat him, he’d be then campaigning like made to try and get a rematch with Wladimir due to the huge money that a revenge rematch would make him.
What we’re not seeing is Haye fighting the top contenders in the heavyweight division to show that he deserves a fight with Vitali and/or Wladimir. We’re not seeing Haye fighting the likes of Kubrat Pulev, Chris Arreola and Bermane Stiverne to earn his title shot. Heck, we’re not even seeing Haye fight Tyson Fury. Nah, we only saw Haye take on and beat a 2nd tier domestic level heavyweight in Dereck Chisora last year, and I’m sorry that’s not going to be enough to get the Klitschkos.
My advice for Haye is for him to step up to the plate and take on and beat Pulev, Arreola, Stiverne and Tomasz Adamek. Once he beats those guys then he can come back and start asking for the big fights against the Klitschkos.