Lem Satterfield

Haye is pursuing V. Klitschko

LAS VEGAS — Former WBA heavyweight titleholder David Haye of England told RingTV.com on Saturday night that he may forgo plans to retire on or before his 31st birthday in order to pursue a fight with WBC beltholder Vitali Klitschko in early 2012.

Haye (25-2, 23 KOs), who turns 31 on Oct. 13, was in attendance on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, where unbeaten Floyd Mayweather Jr. (42-0, 26 KOs) took the WBC welterweight belt from Victor Ortiz (29-3-2, 22 KOs) by a fourth-round knockout.

Haye is coming off of July’s unanimous decision loss to 35-year-old Wladimir Klitschko (56-3, 49 KOs), who added Haye’s WBA belt to his collection, which also includes the RING, WBO and IBF crowns.

There was speculation that Haye could meet with the Klitschko’s adviser, Shelly Finkel, over the weekend to discuss a match with Wladimir’s older brother Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 40 KOs), who is coming off of a 10th-round knockout of Tomasz Adamek (43-2, 28 KOs) on Sept. 10.

A winner of 15 straight bouts, 13 of them by knockout before losing to Wladimir Klitschko, Haye confirmed that he spoke with Finkel in Las Vegas.

“Yes, I did talk to Shelly Finkel. I feel like my body has at least one more fight left in it,” said Haye. “If the numbers are right, I’ll fight again, probably in February or March.”

Vitali Klitschko earned his 11th straight win and his ninth stoppage during his last fight, simultaneously ending a 13 fight winning streak for Adamek that had included seven consecutive victories as a heavyweight.

Wladimir Klitschko will pursue his 15th straight victory and his 11th knockout in his next fight against 39-year-old former cruiserweight titleholder Jean Marc Mormeck (36-4, 22 KOs) on Dec. 10.

Mormeck has won three straight heavyweight bouts since being dethroned as WBA and WBC cruiserweight beltholder in November of 2007 by Haye, whom Mormeck floored earlier in the bout.


Lem Satterfield can be reached at lem.satterfield@gmail.com

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