10th September 2012
David Haye has called on WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko to face him next after the Ukrainian champion beat Germany’s Manuel Charr in Moscow on Saturday night.
Haye claims a fight between himself and Klitschko is the second biggest boxing match on the planet at the moment, behind a Mayweather, Pacquiao meeting and It is a fight that Haye believes Klitschko cannot turn down, and the Londoner is convinced he can topple the Goliath style champion “I want to convince him that he hasn’t had a defining fight yet.
“His biggest fight to date was against Lennox Lewis, which he lost.
“Although he’s had a long string of victories, none of them have been against opponents that have brought any excitement, any entertainment. Saturday night was against an opponent I’d never heard of, there was no headline, no hype. For someone who wants to retire, you want to retire on a big fight.
“My last fight against Dereck Chisora was a huge fight, a mega-fight all around the world. Potentially that could have been my last fight. If we were both to retire now, I know that I would have finished on a high. That fight against Charr last night was definitely not a high.” Haye told Sky Sports News.
Klitschko extended his career record to 45-2 with a 4th round stoppage over Charr after the German was cut over his right eye.
“The whole boxing world knows that, other than Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather fighting, the next biggest fight on the planet is myself versus Vitali Klitschko. The people need to see it.
At 41 years old, Klitschko may feel he has one last big fight in him before hanging up his gloves, and Haye is the only heavyweight out there right now who can give him a massive final payday and that career defining fight.
For Haye the chance to fight Vitali for the world title again is what is keeping him hanging on in the sport that he retired from last year before coming coming back to fight Chisora and he will hope to keep the retirement on ice for now.
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