By John F. McKenna (McJack)
WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 40 KO’s) who faces British contender Dereck Chisora (15-2, 9 KO’s) on Saturday night at the Olympiahalle in Munich, Germany is still hopeful of landing a fight against former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (25-2, 23 KO’s).
The “Hayemaker” retired last October 13 as promised upon reaching his 31st birthday. He left the door open however for a possible return to the ring for a fight against one of the Klitschko’s. WBA/IBF/WBO and The Ring heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (56-3, 49 KO’s) however, who scored a decisive, one sided unanimous decision over Haye last July, was not interested in giving Haye a return fight.
“Dr. Ironfist” however has a score to settle with the brash Brit. Vitali is still fuming over some of the comments Haye made about both brothers in the lead up to the highly hyped heavyweight match with Wladimir. After the fight Vitali stated that he was happy that his brother had soundly defeated the “Hayemaker” but he acknowledged that he would like to fight Haye himself so that he could “Send him to the floor!” as he puts it.
There is little doubt that Klitshcko has utter contempt for Haye and would like nothing better than to further humiliate him by knocking him out. Vitali has been one of the most dominant heavyweight champions in boxing history since his return to the ring in October 2008 when he won the WBC heavyweight title by stopping Sam Peter in eight rounds. Klitschko has won virtually every round in the eight fights since his return to the ring. In addition Vitali has never been knocked down, nor has he ever been behind in a fight.
It is little wonder then that David Haye is reluctant to come back and face a great fighter, whose main goal is to knock him out. While Haye at thirty one years old is nine years the junior of the forty year old Klitschko, “Dr, Ironfist” has given no indication that he is beginning to slow down. In fact, Vitali was as dominant as he has ever been against former cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek (44-2, 28 KO’s) last September. While Klitschko has not given a definitive date as to when he will retire, it is clear that the prospect of facing David Haye in the ring motivates him to continue.
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