WORLD champion Vitali Klitschko would jump at the chance to knock out David Haye after revealing that he had developed a deep hatred of the Briton because of his taunts towards his brother Wladimir.
Haye’s dreams of unifying the heavyweight division took a huge blow 10 days ago when he was out-pointed by Wladimir Klitschko in a one-sided clash in Hamburg.
A broken toe may have hindered him, but the 30-year-old’s sub-par performance left many to suggest that his aim of beating both Klitschkos to win all the belts in the division is nothing but a pipe dream.
Haye said after the defeat that he would put back his planned retirement of October 13 if he could organise a rematch with Wladimir, but the IBF, WBO, and WBA champion admitted today that a second contest between the pair is unlikely.
Should Haye decide to fight on, however, he now appears to have the option of fighting WBC champion Vitali.
“The original reason why we wanted to fight David Haye is because he had the WBA belt, but now it’s not just about the belt – it’s more personal,’’ said Vitali, in London to promote a film about the brothers.
“There is just one reason why I want to fight David – because he touched me personally with his bad words. He has no respect for his opponent, he tries to duck out before fights. He always has excuses, always says bad words to my brother and to me and to my family.”