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Vitali wants Haye fight

2011-07-11 17:44
Vitali Klitschko (File)

London - Vitali Klitschko, fresh from seeing brother Wladimir beat David Haye, is keen to take on the Briton so disgusted is he by the Londoner's taunts.

Wladmir Klitschko beat Haye convincingly on points in Hamburg last month as the British boxer surrendered the WBA heavweight title.

The result meant all the major versions of the heavyweight crown are now the property of the Klitschko brothers, who have vowed never to fight one another.

Haye claimed afterwards he had been hindered by a broken toe and called for a re-match with Wladimir and said he was also open to a fight with Vitali, at 39 the older by four years of the Ukrainian siblings.

But given his lacklustre display against Wladimir, and with WBC champion Vitali widely regarded as the better boxer of the two brothers, many observers feel 30-year-old former world cruiserweight champion Haye would be best advised to leave the Klitschkos alone.

Even amongst British fans, there were many who despaired of Haye's repeated taunts in the years building-up to last month's fight which included wearing a T-shirt depicting the severed heads of both Klitschko brothers.

Vitali, 39, told a news conference in London on Monday he was prepared to fight Haye following the Ukrainian's bout with Poland's Tomasz Adamek in September.

"Now David Haye is without a title but there is one reason why I want to fight him - because he touched me personally with his bad words.

"I want to give him the right answer by sending him to the floor.

"This would be great for me personally. If the fight happens this will be the biggest motivation."

He added: "He has no respect for his opponent, he tries to duck out before fights. He always has excuses, always says bad words to my brother and to me and to my family.

"It's not nice and the only way I can answer that without words is to send him to the floor in the ring. Then he will have no excuses. It will be great.

"He is actually famous for his trash talking and not for his boxing skills. I want to send him to the place where he belongs."

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