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Haye blaming broken toe

2011-07-03 09:32

Alabama - David Haye is considering his future after losing his unification bout and WBA title to Wladimir Klitschko on Saturday night.

The Briton has admitted that he was "gutted" after his points defeat in Hamburg, Germany.

Klitschko, now the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, holds the IBF, WBO, WBA and IBO belts after winning the bout on points: 117-109, 118-108 and 116-110.

Having vowed to retire on October 13, his 31st birthday, Haye said he would consider his options and would "love" a re-match with Klitschko.

"I am not making any decisions yet. He said he'd knock me out and he didn't," Haye said after the bout.

"I am gutted. I wasn't able to do what I wanted to do. This fight has put heavyweight boxing back on the map. The whole town was buzzing over the fight and I played my part in that.

"Losing wasn't an option for me before the fight, so I need to have a good think about what I will do now.

"I said I would retire in October and I would be disappointed to go out on a loss."

Having said he would only shake Klitschko's hand in hospital after knocking him out, Haye finally shook the undisputed champion's hand in the post-fight press conference and partly blamed his defeat on a broken toe.

"Wladimir boxed the perfect fight," said Haye, who was forced out of the original bout against Klitschko in 2009 with a back injury.

"He used his size and reach, I wasn't able to land my shots partly because he has good defence.

"But the main reason, and I hate it when boxers make excuses, is that I had broken a toe on my right foot in training three weeks ago. "It didn't allow me to open up and throw big, powerful punches. Postponing was not an option. I had pulled out of one fight against Wladimir before, so that was not going to happen again.

"Before the fight, I had an local anesthetic. I wanted to numb it, but as it turned out, I wasn't able to explode off my leg.

"But that is boxing, you can't have things all your way all the time."

Haye said he had to wait for Klitschko to offer him a rematch. "What I want and what I get are different things. I'd love to fight him when I am 100 per cent fit.

"I proved I am a genuine heavyweight champion. I took a few shots and I proved a lot of people wrong. I am just very disappointed I wasn't able to do what I needed to do to knock him out."

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Comments
  • Spinnie - 2011-07-03 09:48

    Boxing is dead.... only one fight left to fight and that's Pacman vs Mayweather. Too bad Mayweather is scared.

  • Gustredamus - 2011-07-03 09:48

    haha now lets see Sonny Bill William lasting one round against one of the Klitschkos.

      Snoek - 2011-07-03 10:56

      Yes, and for that matter anyone younger than 42.

  • GreatWhiteBear - 2011-07-03 09:56

    How familiar this all sounds. I'm waiting for Nadal to make the same excuse when he loses to The Djoker, later today.xcuse when he loses to The Djoker, later today.

  • Kaapie - 2011-07-03 10:43

    What a load of bollocks... neither fighter came to fight.. The Boxing bodies should dock your pay and SS(channel of Champions) should in future not screen this crap. i watched this and the kids in a street fight do better!

  • Greenfish - 2011-07-03 10:58

    Someone needs to tell him his toes are on his feet, and not his fists

      Alf - 2011-07-03 11:16

      He probably also sits on his brains!

  • TheDon007 - 2011-07-03 11:14

    Haye did not get knocked out because he ran away the whole time.He is nowhere near being a genuine heavyweight champion and for all his whinging during the fight he showed he is a palooka.Klitschko must not offer him a rematch.

  • Superdude - 2011-07-03 11:17

    The whole build-up to the fight in Hamburg was a joke...If this is the best that boxing can come up with then, boxing is indeed dead.

  • Chad - 2011-07-03 11:29

    Haye ... you are a palooka and a bag of excuses!! You were out-boxed in every department!! You left your best form of attack - YOUR BIG MOUTH - back in the changeroom!! I think you emabaressed yourself....and NOW the broken toe...TYPICAL...

      Kaapie - 2011-07-03 12:48

      Not only is Haye the palooka.. Klitschko aint much better.. with such a reach advantage he failed to stamp his authority on the ight. IMO they both lack boxing skills.. Klits looked like a spastic man trying to box..

  • thetruth - 2011-07-03 11:34

    Typical English...Diving the entire fight...crappiest fight i've ever watched...boxing is dead...where are all the American black fighters??? Klitshko wouldnt have lasted a round against ALI,TYSON,HOLYFIELD,FOREMAN....NO COMPETITION CURRENTLY... WHITE MEN CANT FIGHT ,JUST AS THEY CANT JUMP

      Loodpil - 2011-07-03 12:07

      MMA, high jump and pole vault comes to mind...

  • Loodpil - 2011-07-03 12:02

    Why doesn't Supersport show the UFC matches ? Much better sporting entertainment in my opinion once you get into it.

      Kaapie - 2011-07-03 12:49

      Cant agree more.. Enjoy that MMa stuff.

  • Shivaskar - 2011-07-03 12:47

    Hayes is a liar. He was able to explode off his leg. But his radar was off, because he kept exploding onto the floor. Another overrated Brit. 1st Murray, 2nd Hayes.

  • Staaldraad - 2011-07-03 14:02

    The way I saw it, Haye broke his toe in the ring falling on his face every time he missed with a Hayemaker! What a palooka. Klitschko had more chance of catching flu from the draft than he did of being hurt by these supposed "bombs"

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