• Heavyweight

Vitali tells Haye to get in line

ESPN staff
March 28, 2013
David Haye last fought when beating Dereck Chisora last July © PA Photos

WBC champion Vitali Klitschko has told David Haye that he will have to work his way back up the heavyweight ladder if he wants to secure a fight with him.

Haye is poised to announce his return to boxing on Thursday and it is widely believed that he wants a shot at either Vitali Klitschko or his brother Wladimir who holds the IBF, WBO and WBA belts.

Wladimir comfortably took care of Haye when they fought in 2011, but the Brit feels he was not at his best on the night and is keen on a second shot. He has also called out Vitali and the Ukrainian says he would step into the ring if Haye proves himself a worthy challenger.

He told the BBC Ukrainian Service: "If David wants to fight, he has to wait because I have to defend my title against an official contender. After that maybe.

"If David Haye has [a] high [enough] position on the world rankings, we can fight each other but it will not be soon.

"The fight against David Haye is not everything for me."

Klitschko claims Haye had his chance last year, but declined. He said: "Last September I gave a proposal to David Haye to fight me in Moscow. David Haye had a contract and didn't want to do that and instead of fighting me he fought Chisora.

"How long [should] I have to wait for David Haye? I gave him a proposal and he didn't take it.

"David Haye had the chance to fight my brother. Many times he ran away but Wladimir beat him.

"David did not agree with the decision, tried to make excuses and just talked about his leg not giving him the chance to beat my brother."

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