• Heavyweight

Haye eyeing 2014 Vitali bout

ESPN staff
June 2, 2013
David Haye cannot wait to return to action following a hand injury © Getty Images

David Haye has reiterated his intentions to challenge Vitali Klitschko for the WBC heavyweight title, but does not believe a bout will be possible until next year.

The 'Hayemaker', who is a former WBA heavyweight titlist, was due to fight Manuel Charr in Manchester on June 29 but recently called the bout off after suffering a hand injury.

The 32-year-old has not fought since the summer of 2012, where he knocked out British rival Dereck Chisora after five rounds at London's Upton Park, before annoucing his comeback from retirement in March.

Haye has long targeted a fight with Vitali as well as wanting to avenge his 2011 unanimous decision defeat to Wladimir Klitschko, but the brothers have been reluctant to accept the Londoner's recent challenges.

However, Haye confirmed that he was now looking to return to action as soon as possible and vowed to stay injury-free in a bid to lure Klitschko into the ring.

"Hopefully [Vitali happens as] that's the goal, to regain the championship," Haye told Sky Sports. "Vitali Klitschko has to fight with a guy, I forget what his [Bermane Stiverne] name is. He has to fight with a guy who just won a fight against Chris Arreola a few weeks back.

"If it does happen [with Vitali], it probably won't happen until next year - so I'm just going to stay active as much as I can without getting injured. I'm looking forward getting back into the mix of things."

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