Haye: Vitali needs to fight me for the sake of boxing
By Scott Gilfoid: Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s) having failed to attract interest for a fight from WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko from a frontal assault by trash talking him into the fight like he did with his brother Wladimir Klitschko, Haye is now trying to get to Vitali using another tactic by telling him how a fight between the two of them will help the sport of boxing. Is Haye getting desperate?
Haye said to gulfnews.com “If he [Vitali] doesn’t want to do it, then I’ll survive, but for boxing’s sake, I hope he wants a good challenge…I think I can knock him out. He’s getting to the age now, at 41, whereby he’s slowed down slightly.”
Somehow I don’t see this working for Haye. Vitali, 41, is already fabulously rich, he has his own promotional company, and he’s not going to be persuaded to take the fight based on Haye trying to tell how good it would be for boxing if he took it.
Vitali will be helping the sport in his retirement working as a promoter, so he really doesn’t need Haye.
Haye should just get a clue and scram already. He’s got a plenty of good fights for him if he’d just open his eyes and fights some of his fellow Brits in the UK. Those guys would be lining up to get a nice payday against him. Haye already beat second tier fighter Dereck Chisora last summer.
He now should look to fight the unproven giant British heavyweights Tyson Fury and David Price. Those fights would get a lot of attention in the UK, and Haye would have a chance to cement his legacy. Sure, it won’t be a big deal if Haye beats those guys in terms of the world scene because Fury and Price still haven’t fought anyone with a pulse, but beating those guys would still be impressive for Haye.
Look at Haye’s empty wins at heavyweight: John Ruiz, Audley Harrison, Nikokay Valuev, Monte Barrett, Dereck Chisora and Tomasz Bonin. Haye never really beat anyone that you could call good, and his victory over Valuev was at the end of the 7-foot Russian’s career and it was a questionable win at that.