17th October 2012
Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye says he has signed the contracts and agreed terms to fight Vitali Klitschko next year.
Haye, 32, has been chasing a fight with the veteran WBC title holder for a while, and it is believed the elder Klitschko will fight on if he loses an upcoming presidential election in Ukraine.
“In my opinion next year he will want to fight again at some stage and he will want a big fight,” Haye told SkySports.
“I’m the biggest fight out there and he knows that, he’s not stupid.”
“The WBC are happy for me to fight him, they know I’m the only guy out there to challenge him. What’s fighting more guys like Manuel Charr going to do for him? He’s never had a ‘Superfight’.
“The biggest fight he had was at two weeks notice against Lennox Lewis and he lost that. Other than that he’s never had any big fights, only fighting opponents that people know he could never lose to.
“I really smash my body up to make a fight easy and I wouldn’t want to do that for anything other than the richest prize in sport.
“For the WBC title I will punish myself and do what I have to do. Other than that I can’t be bothered.”
Haye claims contracts have already been signed and says he has adhered to the terms put down by Vitali and brother Wladimir.
“The fight has already been agreed, the contracts done – the money, the split, everything. We don’t need a new contract,” said Haye, who suffered a landslide points loss to WBA, IBF and WBO king Wladimir in 2011.
“I will have to have a rematch with Vitali or Wladimir, whoever they decide, then against one of them again after that. As long as I get the opportunity to win that title.”
Haye on Price v Fury Spat
“What Fury is doing is good,” said the former world champion. “The more he talks the bigger the fight with Price will be.
“He should keep talking because he isn’t really fighting anyone at the moment. If you’re not fighting anyone you need to do something to keep your name out there.”
On fighting Price or Fury
“I’m only going to fight someone whose name is Klitschko. I’ve had my domestic dust-ups,
On Audley Harrison’s fight with Price
“David was punch perfect. There was nothing to criticise in what he did, all you can do is praise him,
“I believe David Price is the best out there at domestic level. In a couple of years he will definitely be knocking on that world title door.”
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