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I want Haye fight if he doesn't retire - Chisora

ESPN staff
January 14, 2011

World heavyweight title challenger Dereck Chisora has thrown down the gauntlet to WBA champion David Haye, challenging him to an all-British showdown later in the year - as long as he postpones his planned retirement.

Haye was left irate last week when IBF and WBO king Wladimir Klitschko declined a unification bout in favour of re-scheduling his fight with Chisora.

Mandatory challenger Ruslan Chagaev is now on the immediate agenda for 'The Hayemaker', although he could still potentially meet Klitschko in the ring on July 2.

Haye, who has stated he plans to hang up his gloves before turning 31 in October, came under intense criticism for opting to fight former Olympic gold medallist Audley Harrison in November. In a one-sided contest, Haye knocked out 'A-Force' in three rounds, with Harrison landing a solitary punch but Chisora believes the British public wouldn't be disappointed if he managed to land a fight with Haye.

"If he doesn't retire then I could fight him," Chisora said. "I think he would postpone retirement to fight me. He hasn't earned much money in the game so yeah, why not?"

Despite having only had 14 fights as a professional, Chisora is adamant he can shock the world on April 30 at the SAP-Arena in Mannheim.

"I can't wait to get into the ring and smash the living daylights out of Wladimir," he said. "He has so many weaknesses. I don't care how many fights I've had. I would have taken him on in my first fight."

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