Klitschko says Haye turned him down
By John F. McKenna (McJack): World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (44-2, 40 KO’s) says that former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s) was given an offer to fight him in September but turned it down. Vitali will instead fight the undefeated but unknown Manuel Charr (21-0, 11 KO’s) in Moscow on September 8. HBO has announced that it will televise the fight which could very well be the last fight in the career of “Dr. Ironfist”.
Vitali will be on the campaign trail for an October election. If successful Klitschko may opt for retirement although his manager Bernd Boente did not totally close the door on one last farewell fight.
Vitali was at a press conference to hype his fight with Charr in which he was quoted by Russian news agency RIA Novosti saying the following:
“David Haye was supposed to be at this press conference. He had a concrete offer to fight in September and he refused.
“He turned down a fight with Vitali Klitschko in favor of one with Chisora”
Haye after his impressive performance against Derek Chisora on Saturday night is attempting to smoke Vitali out for a mega bucks fight possibly in England’s Wembley Stadium. “The Hayemaker” was quoted in “Sporting Life” saying:
“If a fight with Vitali happens down the line, fantastic. If it doesn’t then I’ve been undisputed cruiserweight champion of the world and a heavyweight champion of the world.
“I’ve achieved more than I anticipated I would do as a youngster. I’m happy with what I’ve done in the ring and it’s nice to finish on such a high.”
British promoter Frank Warren who promoted the Haye – Chisora fight stated that a fight with David Haye and Vitali Klitschko would be huge and could be staged in Wembley Stadium.
Haye always the instigator and self promoter appears to be goading Klitschko into a match and now claims after disposing of Chisora in impressive fashion that Vitali will avoid fighting him.
Vitali may reconsider retiring after the Charr fight. He appeared unhappy last July when his brother Wladimir failed to knock out Haye. Vitali was not amused by some of Haye’s remarks in the lead up to his fight with Wladimir last July. “Dr. Ironfist” was of the opinion that some of Haye’s comments crossed the line of sportsmanship and were an attack on the Klitschko family.