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Klitschko brushes off latest Haye 'nonsense'

ESPN staff
May 22, 2012

Wladimir Klitschko has played down suggestions that there have been any discussions with David Haye about a fight with his brother in recent months.

The Klitschko and Haye camps have been involved in a back-and-forth spat this week, with claim and counter-claim emerging about the extent of negotiations between the two parties over a heavyweight fight between Haye and the older Klitschko, Vitali, at some point later in the year.

Wladimir, who beat Haye in Germany in May last year in what remains the Englishman's last appearance inside the ring, has now insisted that no firm offer was ever made to Haye to fight Vitali, and will not be until the fighter renews his boxing licence with the British Boxing Board of Control.

Haye is currently preparing to fight Derek Chisora - who has beaten by Vitali this year - in a grudge match at Upton Park.

"There is nothing that could be made," Klitschko told Sky Sports News. "First of all David Haye was officially retired, he didn't have a licence so there couldn't be any conversation.

"With David Haye, we have been handling a lot for many years, we've heard a lot of nonsense and lies.

"And right now, he's actually getting ready for the Chisora fight."

Klitschko, who has made no secret of his dislike of Haye, then expressed his outrage at the forthcoming fight between Haye and Chisora - which is taking place in London despite not being sanctioned by the BBBoF, and is promoted off the back of the unseemly brawl between the two men at a press conference following Chisora's loss to Vitali.

"It's actually really surprising to me that this fight is happening on British soil," Klitschko said. "I don't want to promote this fight, but it's happening and I have to make my statement.

"It's sending a bad message: that the worse you behave, the more money you're going to get and you will get known. It's not the right way to do it.

"I'm not saying Chisora shouldn't get another chance, but not right away."

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