Harry Pratt

Haye will not fight in Ukraine after death threats

David Haye has dismissed the idea of ever fighting in Vitali Klitschko’s home country of Ukraine with the heavyweight titleholder, claiming he has received death threats from racist groups based in eastern Europe.

The 31-year-old from from south London, England, who recently came out of retirement to stop countryman Dereck Chisora in stunning fashion, is also ruling out a bout against any of the other contenders in the division, insisting the boxing world is interested only in watching him tackle long-standing WBC holder Klitschko (45-1, 41 knockouts).

“I’ve never been to Ukraine but I have heard it’s very dangerous for a black man,” Haye (26-2, 24 KOs) said in German newspaper SportBild. “There are crazy racists who have already sent me death threats. So Germany would be the best and safest place for me to beat Vitali and get out of the stadium alive.”

“Vitali has promised the world so many times that he could knock me out. That is rubbish. I’m too fast, too sexy and too talented to be blown away by a large, slow robot from the Ukraine.

“But I think the fight, Haye against Vitali Klitschko, is the only heavyweight fight the world wants to see right now. I am not interested in fighting against 50 wimps — like the Klitschkos do. I want the big fights that no fan wants to miss.”


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