Haye tells Vitali either fight me or I quit next week
By John F. McKenna (McJack): Former World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champion David Haye (25-2, 23 KO’s) told WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 40 KO’s) yesterday to either fight him or he will retire next week.
The “Hayemaker” is apparently tired of playing the waiting game with the elder Klitscko.
After Haye lost his WBA title belt to Vitali’s younger brother Vladimir on July 2nd, “Dr. Ironfist” said that while he was happy that his brother had won a lopsided decision he wanted to “Send Haye to the floor”.
Vitali has reiterated his desire to knock Haye out on numerous occasions and called David out again after his KO win over Tomas Adamek on September 10. Klitschko is still angry over many of the comments David said in the lead up to his fight with Vladimir.
Vitali feels that Haye crossed the line with his trash talking and in particular the infamous incident in which he showed up at a press conference with a tee shirt depicting the severed heads of the Klitschko brothers. To the “Hayemaker” that may just have been his way of hyping a fight but Vitali was not amused in the least bit by such antics.
Over the past couple of years Haye has been saying that he wanted to retire before his 31st birthday which is on October 13. After his dismal performance against Vladimir, David said that if Vlad would give him a rematch he would consider extending his retirement date by six months. “Dr. Steelhammer” however gave no indication that he wanted to give Haye a rematch.
After returning from a recent vacation in the Caribbean however where he discussed his future with his family and former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis, Haye indicated he had, had a change of heart. Haye said that he would be willing to extend his retirement from the ring for six month to fight Vitali. It was also rumored that Lennox had given Haye tips on how to defeat the elder Klitschko.
For the past couple of weeks there has not been any further communication from the Klitschko camp leaving Haye to twist in the wind with regard to his future. But in reality whether David wishes to acknowledge it or not he is no longer a champion and not in the drivers seat. As a matter of fact for Haye, Vitali Klitschko is the only show in town. There are no other big money fights for David to ponder. It is not a position that Haye is used to being in or a position he is comfortable in.
Unfortunately for Haye his only options are to contemplate going through the rest of his life with the memory of his terrible performance against Vladimir Klitschko or redeeming himself in a do or die battle with Vitali Klitschko. For his part it is probable that “Dr. Ironfist” is enjoying the spectacle of making Davie Haye sweat it out.