18th February 2012
The former WBA champion quit the ring in October after his loss to Wladimir Klitschko, before having a change of heart. Haye told talkSPORT about a possible fight with the Ukrainian this summer.
“I’ve agreed all the financial details and rematch clauses [for a fight with Vitali]. That was all agreed in December, he told Kick Off.
“I kept a low profile. Our guys were talking to the Klitschkos. We got it all agreed, we were waiting for a contract to come through, but no contract came through.
“Obviously he made the Chisora fight, that didn’t really bother me. I know Chisora hasn’t got a chance of winning that fight.
to fight him. I’m ready to fight him. We agreed a date in June for him
to fight. I agreed to go to Germany, I agreed to all the typical
Klitschko clauses.“ – David Haye.
“Then all of a sudden he starts making noises that I was demanding too much money, yet the money had already been agreed. I agreed a purse that was probably one of my lowest heavyweight title fight purses I’ve ever had. It’s a strange situation.
“His excuse was that RTL had cut his money so he needed to slash my money more than what we’ve already agreed.
“I’d love to fight him. I’m ready to fight him. We agreed a date in June for him to fight. I agreed to go to Germany, I agreed to all the typical Klitschko clauses.
“What I truly believe is the problem is, is that he’s been very vocal about knocking me out. He has said he is going to knock me out. He also wants to be the Prime Minister of Ukraine, or something like that, he’s getting very political.
“If, for whatever reason, he fights me and doesn’t knock me out it won’t look good for him. It would mean he had lied to all his Ukranian people.
“What happens if I go out there and beat him? I guarantee if I beat him his political career is completely over because he uses his boxing career as a sort of power to show the world that he is a force, not only in politics but as a man.”