Haye says Wladimir has proven that he doesn’t want to fight
By William Mackay: WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (25-1, 23 KO’s) believes that IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KO’s) is stalling doesn’t truly want to fight him in the future. Haye is heated about Wladimir’s recent comments to the BBC, saying that Haye can still fight him on July 2nd. Haye has to defend his World Boxing Association title soon, possibly in May against number #1 challenger Ruslan Chagaev. Haye doesn’t believe this gives him enough time to get ready for a fight against Klitschko so soon after.
Haye said this to thesun.co.uk: “Does he honestly think the WBA, the organization whose title I hold, are going to hang around waiting for him? It’s total arrogance on his part to put up this date in July when he knows I have my own site defense scheduled. Firstly, I have to successfully defend my title. Secondly, I have to come through that defense without injury, and it is just nine weeks before this July 2nd date has has pulled out of the air. He has proved time and again he doesn’t want to fight me by stalling, moving the goalposts and coming out with utter c**p like this trying to fool those stupid enough to listen.”
I think kind of agree with Haye on this one. Wladimir has put Haye in a bad position by taking the fight with Dereck Chisora on April 30th, because it made it necessary for Haye to defend his WBA title against his mandatory instead of just waiting for the smoke to clear between Wladimir and his tune-up opponent Chisora. Haye would have much preferred to do nothing and just wait, but the tune-up makes it necessary for Haye to defend his title. It would have been better for Wladimir to forget about Chisora and look to fight Haye next. Wladimir could have always fought Chisora after he dispatched with Haye and sent him into his much talked about retirement.