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Klitschko is thinking of me, says Haye

ESPN staff
February 1, 2013

David Haye believes he is the opponent Vitali Klitschko has in mind for his rumoured 'last big fight'.

Heavyweight Haye claimed there was an unofficial agreement between himself and Klitschko's agent that the winner of his 2012 fight with Dereck Chisora would then face the WBC champion.

While a fight contract has reportedly been agreed between the two it has not been signed off - but Haye, 32, believes the ink will be added.

Haye's desire to fight Klitschko is driven less by the prospect of a seven-figure payday and more by an ambition to secure another world title.

And despite the roadblocks preventing the fight from actually happening - the Briton's refusal to fight in the Ukraine and Klitschko's silence coupled with his political career - Haye still believes he will get his shot and that he will take it.

"There are a lot of talks from Germany that Vitali is not going to retire and that he's maybe going to have one last big fight," Haye told radio station talkSPORT.

"If he's going to have one last big fight - unless it's against his brother [Wladimir], which he said it isn't going to be - in my opinion I say that's going to be against myself. After my little scuffle with Chisora at the press conference, Vitali's agent said if I fight Chisora, the winner will fight Vitali.

"So I did that, I knocked him [Chisora] out and I did a lot better than Vitali did, I knocked him out in five rounds and Vitali beat him in 12 rounds on points. I'm looking at knocking out Vitali Klitschko and regaining the heavyweight championship of the world, that's the only thing on my mind."

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