Other Sport

Haye fears 'racist Ukraine'

2012-09-25 14:58
David Haye (AFP)
  Video

Sanders knocks out Klitschko

2012-09-25 09:36

A look back at the moment in 2003 when Corrie Sanders knocked out IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in one of the biggest upsets in boxing history.

London - Britain's David Haye said on Tuesday he would not be fighting Vitali Klitschko in Ukraine because of death threats he has received from 'crazy racists' there.

Haye wants to fight WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko after losing his WBA crown to Klitschko's younger brother Wladimir in Hamburg last year.

But the 31-year-old said that he was only prepared to box in Germany, where the Klitschko brothers normally fight, and not in Ukraine.

"I've never been to Ukraine but I have heard it's very dangerous for a black man," Haye told Sport Bild.

"There are crazy racists who have already sent me death threats. So Germany would be the best and safest place for me to beat Vitali and get out of the stadium alive."

He continued: "He (Vitali) promised many times that he could fight me, beat me by KO but that's rubbish.

"Wladimir Klitschko said the same thing and didn't knock me out in 12 attempts. I'm too fast, sexy and talented to be impressed by a big, slow robot from Ukraine."

Haye lost the WBA title on points against Wladimir Klitschko in July 2011, in only the second defeat of his career.

He had also talked of hanging up his gloves but got back in the ring on July 14, beating compatriot Dereck Chisora in London.

But Haye is convinced that a bout with Vitali is "the only heavyweight fight that everyone wants to see".

Haye last week accused Vitali of hiding behind the political process to avoid meeting him in the ring.

"Vitali shouldn't use parliament as an excuse to run from the biggest and best boxing match," said Haye, referring to the parliamentary elections scheduled in the eastern European nation on October 28.

The elder of the Klitschko brothers is head of the opposition UDAR party and is currently on the campaign trail after successfully defending his WBC title against Germany's Manuel Charr on September 8 in Moscow.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
  • SS3
    Tue, 29 Jul 2014 @
    04:00
  • SS4
    Tue, 29 Jul 2014 @
    05:00
  • SS5
    Tue, 29 Jul 2014 @
    05:59
  • SS7
    Tue, 29 Jul 2014 @
    06:00
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 
 
Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
Vote

How much of a runner are you?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.