• Heavyweight

Haye rules out Ukraine bout

ESPN staff
September 25, 2012

David Haye has ruled out staging any fight with Vitali Klitschko in his native Ukraine, saying he would fear for his own safety in the eastern European country.

Haye is desperate to face the WBC heavyweight champion after losing his WBA belt to Vitali's younger brother Wladimir in Hamburg before announcing his retirement.

The 31-year-old subsequently returned to the ring to beat Dereck Chisora at Upton Park in July, reigniting his desire to face Klitschko, who he says promised the winner of the all-English bout a shot at the title.

Now Haye is pushing for that fight to happen, on the proviso that it does not take place in Ukraine.

"I've never been to Ukraine but I have heard it's very dangerous for a black man," Haye told 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."

Germany has become a home away from home for the Klitschkos, who have fought most of their fights in the country due to television deals, but Haye believes both men have belittled their legacies with the calibre of opponent they have defended their belts against.

"He [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.

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

"Vitali likes to compete against boxers who have no chance of winning. Then he tries to fool his TV station RTL and the rest of the world, that he is fighting good opponents. I can only laugh."

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