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I'm done with the Klitschkos - Haye

ESPN staff
January 6, 2011

David Haye admitted that he has given up on the prospect of unifying the heavyweight titles after Wladimir revealed that his next fight will be against Dereck Chisora on April 30.

The Haye and Klitschko camps have agreed a date of July 2 for a bout, but the WBA champion does not believe that Wladimir will return to the ring so soon after his clash with Chisora.

Instead, Haye has turned his attention to finding an opponent for a fight in May or June, with mandatory challenger Ruslan Chagaev looking the most likely candidate.

If he does agree to fight Chagaev - or whoever else - then there is no chance he will be in the right shape to face Klitschko in July, despite the Ukrainian insisting that the bout can still proceed.

"We agreed to a date of July 2 at a venue in Germany with both Sky Sports and RTL and everybody appeared happy with the deal," Haye said. "Even through negotiations, though, it was clear Wladimir was looking for the coward's way out. He would often come up with new obstacles and problems to overcome, and I never once sensed he fancied it.

"He refused to come to England, wanted to pick his own gloves, enter the ring second, box out of the red corner and demanded a German doctor. He also wanted his name to feature first on any promotional material ahead of the event.

"We bowed to each and every one of his demands. I didn't want to potentially jeopardise anything this time around. I now need to look for a fight of my own beyond April, as Amir Khan has that month tied up with his bout. Presumably Wladimir is expecting me to fight in either May or June and then face him in early July. It's ridiculous.

"If the fight doesn't happen now, it never will. I'm done with the Klitschkos. I know I can retire later this year with my head held high, knowing I did everything in my power to make these fights happen."

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