Vitali Klitschko claims David Haye has apparently turned down an offer to fight him in September
David Haye is furious over apparent statements by Vitali Klitschko, who has claimed that he made an offer to Haye to fight him in September. According to Klitschko, Haye has turned down the opportunity. This according to Haye is ‘false’. Haye a former world heavyweight and cruiserweight champion reiterated that the prospect of a fight against current WBC kingpin Vitali Klitschko is one of the sole reasons he decided to return to the ring in 2012.
The ‘Hayemaker’ will square off against fellow English fighter Dereck Chisora in a grudge match on July 14 in Upton Park. “It makes absolutely no sense for me to turn down a fight I desperately want,” said Haye. “Remember, the whole idea behind going ahead with this Chisora fight was that a victory may then lead to a fight with Vitali Klitschko. That was my plan, my reason for returning to the ring. I want to fight on July 14 and then again in September, and have been telling people this for months now.”
These sentiments expressed by the 31 year old have also been backed up by his manager Adam Booth. “A few weeks ago I received a first draft contract from K2/KMG (the Klitschkos), as a formal offer for the fight between David and Vitali,” explained Booth. “Once we’d announced the Chisora fight I left a message for Shelly Finkel, in which I informed him we were ready to move to completion of the agreement for Vitali versus David. However, since that message was sent to Finkel, I have received no reply.
“Today I read that Herr Boente claims David ‘turned the fight down’ and ‘does not want to fight Vitali’. Both of these claims are completely false. If Vitali wants to fight David in September, we are here and happy to accept. If not, no worries or sadness from our side.
“Maybe K2 realised during Vitali’s fight with Chisora in February that their precious champion was drastically slowing down and didn’t fancy going up against anyone too quick in the future. Whatever their reasoning, if Herr Boente is happy to spin the lines he feeds people, good for him.”