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Klitschko: Haye doesn't have stomach for rematch
Wladimir Klitschko doesn't believe that David Haye wants a rematch of their July 2 fight in Germany, in which Klitschko won an easy decision.
Amid another highly impressive charm offensive on foreign soil, Wladimir Klitschko, ably supported by brother and fellow heavyweight titleholder Vitali, had a serious message for British rival David Haye on Monday.
Fresh from beating Haye and taking his WBA belt on July 2, RING champion Klitshcko arrived for a whistle-stop tour of London and openly questioned whether the Englishman has the heart or desire for a rematch.
Yes, he will give him a second opportunity to make amends for a pitifully poor display in Hamburg, Germany.
But before that can happen, Haye (25-2, 23 knockouts), who is supposed to retire on Oct. 13, must prove himself up for the battle, preferably by making an impression in the United States.
“As a ‘therapist,’ I promised reality rehab for David on July 2 to make him a better person inside and outside the ring,” said 35-year-old Klitschko (56-3, 49 KOs) while proudly displaying his collection of RING, WBO, IBF and WBA belts on Sky Sports News.
“I believe certain things show in the character of David Haye and, from what I see, I don’t believe he wants this rematch. Straight after a fight, boxers usually scream: ‘Give me a re-match.’ But Haye never said a word.
“At the press conference, the journalists all asked me if I would give him a rematch. So I passed it on to David, who was like: ‘Err, hmm, well, maybe … yeah sure, why not?’ He was seeing numbers, I guess. British pounds or euros or dollars.
“But I don’t see the desire of David to get this rematch. I believe Richard Schaefer, his promoter, is right. David has to establish himself in the USA and show he has the will.
“No, he shouldn’t retire. He should have a couple of good fights, and then I‘ll give him a rematch.”
In time-honored fashion, Vitali Klitschko (42-2, 39 KOs), who defends his WBC title against Poland’s Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KOs) on Sept. 2, also weighed in with his own take on Haye and issued a challenge.
“Before my next fight, I don’t want to talk about Haye,” he said. “But maybe after that, if Haye is ready, I will give him a chance. I was happy when Wladimir beat Haye, but unhappy he did not send him to the floor. I can do that in the future.”
That was not the only ‘call out’ of the afternoon on Sky. A few hours earlier, another heavyweight prospect, 23-year-old Mancunian Tyson Fury, who faces Dereck Chisora for the British and Commonwealth titles on July 23, had branded the Haye-Klitschko clash a rip-off and the all-conquering Ukrainian 'beatable.’
Klitschko’s response to the mouthy outburst was to politely point to the fact Tyson (14-0, 10 KOs) might not even be good enough to take out countryman Chisora (14-0, 9 KOs).
“I know Tyson pretty well,” he said. “He went to one of my training camps and I saw him spar. He’s a talented boxer, with a good chance to develop himself. But it takes some time, you can’t buy experience from a shop.
“Tyson is in his 20s and there are a lot of sides he doesn’t know yet. He has a chance against Chisora and Chisora has a chance against him. In my opinion it’s 50-50.”
As put downs go, fairly emphatic.