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David Haye: Vitali Klitschko needs to fight me

Vitali Klitschko has never had a defining fight… he needs me, taunts rival David Haye in his latest bid to secure world title clash

By
Declan Warrington

PUBLISHED:

14:45 GMT, 9 January 2013

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UPDATED:

15:31 GMT, 9 January 2013

David Haye has again underlined his desire to face Vitali Klitschko in 2013 by taunting the WBC heavyweight champion with the claim that he is yet to have a 'flagship' fight.

As has been customary throughout his career, Haye appears to believe in trying to talk his way into a fight with the Ukrainian – the younger brother of Wladimir, who beat the Londoner on points in July 2011 – by insisting that the elder Klitschko needs to fight to boost his own credibility.

'There’s nobody else in heavyweight division that can give RTL (the TV company that has a four-year deal with Klitschkos) the viewing figures,' Haye told The Telegraph.

Good to talk: David Haye chats to Carol Vorderman (L) and Sally Lindsay on daytime TV show Loose Women

Good to talk: David Haye chats to Carol Vorderman (L) and Sally Lindsay on daytime TV show Loose Women

'I wished Vitali a happy new year and congratulated him on all his political bits and bobs and whatever he’s doing over there in the Ukrainian parliament.

'But the bottom line is that he’s a fighter and hopefully he wants the fight the fans want.

'He’s never had that flagship fight, that one mega-fight that people will always remember him for. The only one people remember is the fight with Lennox Lewis, in which he came off second best,' Haye added of the 2003 fight in which Klitschko was stopped in the sixth round because of a significant cut over his left eye.

Brutal: The biggest fight of Klitschko's career, against Lennox Lewis, ended in defeat due to a cut over his eye

Brutal: The biggest fight of Klitschko's career, against Lennox Lewis, ended in defeat due to a cut over his eye

'He’s a proud man, and I’m sure he wants that big victory that he’s never had. He’s fought a lot of people, but for 10 years he’s been a huge favourite.

'I guarantee the smart money would be on someone like myself with power and speed and youth beating him, and he is going to have to pull off the upset. Whether he wants to put himself in that position remains to be seen.'

Since losing to Wladimir, Haye's only fight came against Dereck Chisora at Upton Park when he stopped his opponent in five rounds. Chisora had gone the distance with Vitali only months earlier.

Hungry: Haye is only interested in fighting Vitali Klitschko

Hungry: Haye is only interested in fighting Vitali Klitschko

Klitschko brothers Christmas message – but will they grant David Haye fight

Klitschkos: We hope all your wishes come true (does that mean you'll grant Haye his)

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UPDATED:

12:02 GMT, 21 December 2012

Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko have delivered their Christmas message but gave no hints as to their plans for 2013.

The heavyweight brothers have enjoyed another dominant year, winning five world title fights between them.

But negotiations between Vitali and former champion David Haye appear no closer to being finalised.

The elder brother's future in the ring remains uncertain after he was elected into the Ukrainian parliament.

Haye meanwhile has reiterated his desire to fight Vitali but will retire for a second time if the contract remains unsigned.

'It’s no great secret that I want to knock out Vitali Klitschko in 2013,' he told the Evening Standard.

'The contract for the fight has been agreed and is there ready to sign. Were it simply up to me, I’d be training to fight right now. Instead, I’m away from the gym and left to play the waiting game.

Desire: David Haye (right) wants to fight Vitali Klitschko next year

Desire: David Haye (right) wants to fight Vitali Klitschko next year

'Nobody seems to know if Vitali wants to set foot again in the ring, let alone face somebody as dangerous as me. What I do know is that by this time next year I will either be a retired former world heavyweight champ or the new world heavyweight champ.

'The prospect of retirement doesn’t scare me. I’ve always planned on retiring at a young age, with my faculties intact. Also, unlike some of my peers, I have plenty to get on with away from boxing.'

Wladimir, who beat Haye in Hamburg last year, has been ordered to face regular WBA champion Alexander Povetkin.

Main men: The Klitschko brothers have cleaned up the heavyweight divisions

Main men: The Klitschko brothers have cleaned up the heavyweight divisions

'We are very excited that Povetkin will be Klitschko's next opponent,' said Povetkin's promoter Kalle Sauerland.

'We consider Wladimir Klitschko to be a great champion but we also consider Alexander Povetkin to be a very serious challenger,

'[This] will turn out to be a real treat for boxing fans all over the world.'

David Haye in I"m a Celebrity while Wladimir Klitschko fights

I had nothing better to do, admits jungle king Haye (what about a rematch with Wladimir, who eased to another victory on Saturday)

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UPDATED:

11:39 GMT, 12 November 2012

David Haye has admitted he had nothing better to do this month – so agreed to appear on I'm A Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!

The former heavyweight champion of the world is in the jungle in Australia along with the likes of former Coronation Street actress Helen Flanagan and darts star Eric Bristow.

But while Haye is tackling Bushtucker trials, his old foe Wladimir Klitschko was defending his titles against Pole Mariusz Wach in Hamburg.

Trial by TV: David Haye experienced his first Bushtucker trials in the jungle

Trial by TV: David Haye experienced his first Bushtucker trials in the jungle

Trial by TV: David Haye experienced his first Bushtucker trials in the jungle

'I’ve been asked to do reality television shows many times in the past, but have always turned them down without a second thought,' said the 32-year-old. 'This time round it was different, though. I had nothing planned for November and it all seemed to make sense.

'When I asked friends and family they all thought it would be interesting to see me taken out of my comfort zone and to see me squirm in the jungle for a few weeks. They didn’t think I would be able to hack life without the luxuries my sport has afforded me over the years

'This presented a challenge, and it was one I decided to accept. I’ve always been somebody eager to test myself and prove people wrong, and I figure that if I stick it out in the jungle for the duration, many people will be surprised.'

Meanwhile: Wladimir Klitschko defended his titles with a comfortable points victory in Germany

Meanwhile: Wladimir Klitschko defended his titles with a comfortable points victory in Germany

Meanwhile: Wladimir Klitschko defended his titles with a comfortable points victory in Germany

Haye, who was last in action when he knocked out Dereck Chisora at Upton Park in July, is also keen to open himself up to the British public.

'I’ve always been a very private person over the years and have never had any intention of letting my guard down, so this is the public’s first real opportunity to see the real me,' he admitted. 'I can’t be certain how people will take to me, but this is the chance to find out. And, in that sense, it’s a really interesting experiment.

'I’ve spent most of my life competing in an individual sport, so, admittedly, have never been much of a team player. The whole idea of mucking in and working as a team is something new to me and it is something I will have to get to grips with.

Soap star: Haye has been joined in the jungle by actress Helen Flanagan

Soap star: Haye has been joined in the jungle by actress Helen Flanagan

Soap star: Haye has been joined in the jungle by actress Helen Flanagan

'But rather than scare me, the idea excites me. I’m a very competitive person and I don’t like to lose, no matter what’s at stake.

'I can’t control whether people on the outside like me or not, or whether they choose to vote for me, but I can control how well I do in the challenges, and that is something I plan on doing.

'I’ve tested myself for years in the ring, often against boxers bigger than myself, so very few tasks tend to scare me. I definitely won’t be side-stepping any Bushtucker Trials in the jungle, or fainting if chosen to do one. I’ll take each trial in my stride and do my very best.'

Wladimir Klitschko beats Mariusz Wach

Klitschko shows Wach no mercy as he hammers Pole to retain heavyweight titles

By
Mike Dawes

PUBLISHED:

23:18 GMT, 10 November 2012

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UPDATED:

23:47 GMT, 10 November 2012

Wladimir Klitschko retained his IBF, IBO, WBO and WBA super world heavyweight titles, although he survived a scare before recording a unanimous points decision over the durable Mariusz Wach in Hamburg.

Klitschko, fighting for the first time without the late revered trainer Manny Steward in his corner, landed at will for nearly five rounds but a huge right hand at the end of the fifth sent the champion reeling into the ropes.

The Ukrainian managed to survive and showed no lasting effects in the sixth before brutally stepping up his punishment of the previously unbeaten Wach.

No sweat: Wladimir Klitschko kept all of his belts in Hamburg

No sweat: Wladimir Klitschko kept all of his belts in Hamburg

Target practice: Wladimir Klitschko outclassed Mariusz Wach in Hamburg

Target practice: Wladimir Klitschko outclassed Mariusz Wach in Hamburg

The scores of 120-107, 120-107 and
119-109 reflected the near-complete domination Klitschko enjoyed in his
13th world title defence.

Tonight marked the first time Klitschko was fighting someone taller than him in the city where he made his professional debut.

However, the real talking point was
how he would fare in his first outing since the passing of Steward, who
died last month aged 68, with aspiring heavyweight contender Johnathon
Banks being appointed as Klitschko's new trainer – for the time being.

Klitschko showed his determination to
honour Steward tonight by landing several one-two combinations in the
first, with the pattern continuing in the second.

Easy: Klitschko (left) barely broke sweat as he dismantled the Pole round after round

Easy: Klitschko (left) barely broke sweat as he dismantled the Pole round after round

Easy: Klitschko (left) barely broke sweat as he dismantled the Pole round after round

Easy: Klitschko (left) barely broke sweat as he dismantled the Pole round after round

However, Wach attempted to spoil his opponent's work by tying Klitschko up.

The 36-year-old seemed to be in his comfort zone and continued to land the right hand at will in the fourth.

But in the fifth, the challenger
brought the crowd to its feet with an overhand right that sent Klitschko
into the ropes, although the Ukrainian showed his superior experience
by covering up and avoiding any further damage as Wach sloppily went in
for the kill.

But Klitschko, who has not been beaten
in eight years since being stopped by Lamon Brewster in 2004, did not
seem to be affected at the start of the sixth and landed a straight
right that temporarily stunned Wach.

Scare: Klitschko survived a huge right hand in the fifth round

Scare: Klitschko survived a huge right hand in the fifth round

Rocky Actor Sylvester Stallone was in Hamburg to watch the bout

Rocky Actor Sylvester Stallone was in Hamburg to watch the bout

The punishment continued in the
seventh and Klitschko looked to stop the fight with perhaps only the
bell preventing the champion from doing so, with Wach sent into the
ropes after yet another right hand.

Wach's lack of defence seemed to prove
his undoing and he came in for severe punishment in the eighth before
Klitschko settled into a rhythm in the ninth.

By the 10th Wach had marks over his
eyes and nose and his lack of head movement was giving Klitschko all the
encouragement he needed.

Wach did land another rare right in the 11th that opened up a cut on Klitschko's left eye but the champion closed strongly.

Wladimir Klitschko faces taller, heavier Mariusz Wachin in heavyweight showdown

Wladimir Klitschko faces taller, heavier Wachin in heavyweight showdown

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UPDATED:

19:16 GMT, 9 November 2012

Wladimir Klitschko will fight a man
almost two kilos heavier and four centimeters taller when he defends his
WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight belts against Mariusz Wach of Poland on
Saturday.

Klitschko weighed in at 112 kilos (247 pounds) on Friday, while the 32-year-old Wach registered 113.8 (251).

Head to head: Wladimir Klitschko, left, and Mariusz Wach

Head to head: Wladimir Klitschko, left, and Mariusz Wach

The unbeaten Wach will be the first opponent Klitschko has faced who is taller than he is, despite the 36-year-old Ukrainian's height of 1.98 meters (6ft 6ins). Wach is a formidable 2.02 meters (6 ft 7ins) tall and the two-time Polish champion also has a longer reach.

Klitschko goes into his 22nd world championship fight with a 58-3 (51 KOs) record, while Wach has won 27 bouts, 15 by knockout, since turning pro in 2005.

Tall order: Klitschko (left) faces a bigger opponent for the first time

Tall order: Klitschko (left) faces a bigger opponent for the first time

Wladimir Klitschko (top) and Mariusz Wach

Wladimir Klitschko (top) and Mariusz Wach

It will be Klitschko's first bout since his longtime coach, Emanuel Steward, died last month, and his third defense this year after knockout wins over Jean-Marc Mormeck of France in March and American challenger Tony Thompson in July.

Actor and director Sylvester Stallone, famous from his role in the Rocky series of films, will attend the bout, part of the promotional campaign for the Rocky musical.

Klitschko and his older brother Vitali, together with Stallone, had a hand in the production of 'Rocky: Fight from the Heart,' which opens in Hamburg on November 18.

David Haye must wait to fight Vitali Klitschko

Haye left to sweat over Klitschko showdown as Vitali focuses on political career

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UPDATED:

17:50 GMT, 30 October 2012

David Haye must wait until the end of the year to discover whether his desired showdown with Vitali Klitschko will materialise.

Bernd Boente, manager of the WBC world heavyweight champion and his brother Wladimir, insists Vitali will take his time over deciding whether to retire.

The 41-year-old's UDAR party was elected into the Ukrainian parliament with 13 per cent of the vote and now the wrangling over the formation of an opposition coalition begins.

Plans: Vitali Klitschko's UDAR party came third in the Ukrainian elections

Plans: Vitali Klitschko's UDAR party came third in the Ukrainian elections

'Vitali will not make a decision before December or the beginning of next year,' Boente said.

'He's under no pressure. The WBC see him as their champion and he only had a fight at the beginning of September. No champion will fight twice in three months.

'Whether Vitali fights on depends on the political situation and the coalitions formed.

'His party was only founded two years ago but it received 13 per cent of the vote. He's in parliament now as the party leader.

'We will have a clearer picture of the political landscape in mid-December and after that Vitali will make a decision.'

Boente describes a report that the Ukrainian brothers have signed a five-fight deal with RTL, Germany's largest private free-to-air broadcaster, as premature.

Making it count: Klitschko, and his wife Natalia cast their votes

Making it count: Klitschko, and his wife Natalia cast their votes

It was reported that the fact the contract was split between Wladimir – the IBF, WBA and WBO champion – and Vitali indicated the latter's determination to box on.

But Boente said: 'The deal has not been signed yet. We are in negotiations and it should work out well.

'We've inserted a general clause that it will be either brother, which we've always had.

'Should Vitali retire, Wladimir is the only guy involved. If Vitali fights on then he will take a portion of those fights.'

Haye has declared the only fight he will accept is against Vitali, having dropped a wide points decision to Wladimir in July last year.

Boente insists Vitali has no interest in facing Haye, yet it is the most attractive – and lucrative – fight in the heavyweight division.

Keeping in shape: David Haye is hoping for a showdown with Klitschko

Keeping in shape: David Haye is hoping for a showdown with Klitschko

Due to the one-sided nature of their first showdown there is no mileage in a return against Wladimir, but his fading and worn older brother is an easier prospect.

Boente remains dismissive of Haye, who has refused to meet rising British heavyweights David Price and Tyson Fury, but the fight would an easy sell.

'It's always the same with Haye, we don't take him seriously. He's a like a little dog that barks all the time,' he said.

'When the big dog – Vitali Klitschko – comes around the corner he runs away.

'Look at what happened against Wladimir, we don't care about it him any more. He talks but who cares'

Emanuel Steward dies: Jeff Powell pays tribute

Jeff Powell: Steward was generous with his wisdom, unfailingly charming and always an entertaining raconteur

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UPDATED:

21:57 GMT, 25 October 2012

Emanuel Steward put up one helluva fight but then we expected nothing less from the granddaddy of all boxing trainers.

Almost daily, word spread through the hard old game that Manny had died. It went on for weeks but each time his sister came out announcing that he had raised himself up in his hospital bed like a champion beating the count.

Until Thursday night. One final, crushing blow in his sick stomach and an icon of the ring was gone.

Thomas Hearns, the initial light
puncher who Steward transformed into the original Hitman, carried on
leading the candle-lit vigil at their local church in Detroit.

The man who made world champions: Emanuel Steward trained many boxing superstars

The man who made world champions: Emanuel Steward trained many boxing superstars

From around the world, we joined him in our thoughts.

There was more to Manny than training
almost 50 world champions, phenomenal though that body of work stands
of itself. Steward was ever the gentleman in the most brutal sporting
business of all. He was a surrogate father to many of the hungry kids he
turned into voracious fighters.

And to those who had the good fortune
to travel with him to the four corners – of the world as well as the
prize-ring – he was the finest company. Steward was unendingly generous
with his wisdom, unfailingly charming, always an entertaining
raconteur…..and never first to leave the party.

There was seldom an early night with
Manny, who could hold his liquor with the best of us as we talked of
sepia days gone by and shining glories still to come.

He looked back on more than 40 years
at the fabled Kronk gym in Motor City where he taught the sweet science,
the noble art….. and how to ‘close the show with the big KO.’

The best: Steward was until recently training IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (left)

The best: Steward was until recently training IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (left)

THREE OF MANNY'SGREATEST

1 MARVIN HAGLER v TOMMY HEARNS, 1985
The greatest three rounds in boxing history. Steward was in Hearns’ corner in defeat.

2 EVANDER HOLYFIELD v RIDDICK BOWE, 1993
The second fight of an epic trilogy saw Steward plot Holyfield’s revenge, supplying his tactics in the ring and cooking his meals out of it.

3 LENNOX LEWIS v VITALI KLITSCHKO, 2003
Klitschko built up a points lead but Steward kept an anxious Lewis going to claim a win on cuts.

He looked forward to Wladimir
Klitschko cementing his place in the heavyweight pantheon ‘in the
crowning years of his career,’ and to schooling a new andt breed of
young boxing talent.

All while doubling up as the shrewdest of all fight commentators as HBO television’s boxing analyst.

At 68, the canvas was still his to
paint. A vicious one-two – a combination of stomach cancer and colonic
diverticulitis – has inflicted the early stoppage on the man described
by his most notable creation as the Godfather of boxing.

Tommy Hearns has never stopped giving
thanks to Steward for developing him into one of the all-time big four
middleweights – himself, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler and Roberto
Duran.

Many more champions came off the
Detroit production line once Steward became the master of that
sweat-shop with its creaking floor and faded posters of famous fights on
its damp walls.

As his fame spread, a queue formed of
rising champions from both sides of the Atlantic who needed to add
elite skills and his professorial knowledge to their natural talent.
They included Lennox Lewis, Oscar De La Hoya, Julio Cesar Chavez,
Evander Holyfield, Prince Naseem Hamed and Wilfred Benitez.

Steward’s expertise in stiffening the
defences of Lewis so that Britain’s first world heavyweight champion
for a century could grow into the dominate big man of his generation
encouraged the younger of the two Klitschko brothers to turn to him for
help.

One of the greats: Lennox Lewis (right, with Steward) unified the heavyweight championship belts

One of the greats: Lennox Lewis (right, with Steward) unified the heavyweight championship belts

When knock-out losses drove him close
to quitting the ring, Wladimir asked Manny if it was worth him fighting
on. Steward replied: ‘Until I set eyes on you I never thought we would
see another white heavyweight champ.’

As the product of their relationship,
Klitschko goes into his fight against Marius Char in Hamburg next
Saturday (Nov ember 10) as long-time owner of all the world titles belts
except one, which belongs to his sibling Vitali.’

Steward’s place in the corner that
evening will be taken by Jonathon Banks, still an active heavyweight
himself but one who has been preparing under Steward for a future in
training.

The all-round improvement in
Wladimir’s boxing has been achieved without compromising the feared
Klitschko family punching power.

It is in hope of finding that balance
that Amir Khan is switching trainers and Steward was among the leading
candidates to replace Freddie Roach until his illness struck. He
chuckled at the time: ‘I spend so much time in Europe now that they say
hello to me at passport control.’

Such was his own transformation from
the 13-year-old who sold popsicles from a hand-cart on the pavements
outside the Kronk and who had to go to back to work as an electrician
for a time after winning the Golden Gloves title as a US amateur
bantamweight.

In the corner: Steward with Tommy Hearns

Champion: Steward with Evander Holyfield (centre) and MC Hammer

In the corner: Steward with Tommy Hearns (left) and Evander Holyfield (centre right), plus MC Hammer (right)

Steward leaves a $15 million fortune,
his collection of Rolls Royces, his reminders that ‘Ali-Frazier I and
III were two of the greatest fights ever’ and his blessing for Ricky
Hatton’s comeback: ‘He’ll always be exciting to watch.’ He always loved a
Hitman.

The lighting of Hearns’ candle signals the end of an era.

Even the Kronk may be lost along with
Steward. The original old place shut down e a few years ago and the
nearby basement to which it moved has been rendered unfit for use by the
theft of water piping and other items of plumbling.

Steward was planning the culture
shock of leaving the ’changed’ Downtown and relocating in a suburb,
partly in search of that ‘new breed of fighters.’

That is unlikely to happen now. Nor,
any longer, will this Hall of Fame legend be putting the roof of his
rambling mansion on the outskirts of Detroit over the heads of hungry
young fighters and giving them an all-round education.

Hearns remembers: ‘He changed our lives. He taught us things outside boxing.’

We will be raising glasses to a great man. Farewell, Emanuel.

Emanuel Steward dies: Kronk gym trainer passes aged 68

Boxing stunned as Steward, legendary trainer of Hearns and Lewis, dies aged 68

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UPDATED:

20:49 GMT, 25 October 2012

Boxing pays tribute on Twitter

Johnathon Banks ‏@BanksBoxingEnt
Wladimir Klitschko's current trainer

He's gone but NEVER!! will be forgotten. You fought a good fight you finished your course. With tears I'm saying.. R.I.P. Emanuel Steward

Joe Calzaghe @RealJoeCalzaghe
Former super-middleweight world champion

Sad to hear the news Emanuel Steward has passed away.A great man and a Great trainer. RIP Manny

Tyson Fury @Tyson_Fury

RIP Manny. Thank you for everything. I will become what you said, the next dominant heavyweight, I promise! God be with you my old friend.

Emanuel Steward, the legendary Kronk Gym trainer of a string of boxing world champions, has died aged 68.

Steward trained, among others, Lennox Lewis, Thomas Hearns, Oscar De La Hoya, Naseem Hamed and Evander Holyfield during his long and distinguished career.

He was most recently training WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko until illness forced him away from the ring.

Tributes from the boxing world flowed on Twitter as the news spread, with the likes of Joe Calzaghe expressing his respect for Steward and sadness at his death.

Calzaghe said: 'Sad to hear the news Emanuel Steward has passed away. A great man and a Great trainer. RIP Manny.'

More to follow…

The man who made world champions: Emanuel Steward trained many boxing superstars

The man who made world champions: Emanuel Steward trained many boxing superstars

The best: Steward was until recently training IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (left)

The best: Steward was until recently training IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (left)

One of the greats: Lennox Lewis (right, with Steward) unified the heavyweight world championship belts

One of the greats: Lennox Lewis (right, with Steward) unified the heavyweight world championship belts

In the corner: Steward with Tommy Hearns

Champion: Steward with Evander Holyfield (centre) and MC Hammer

In the corner: Steward with Tommy Hearns (left) and Evander Holyfield (centre right), plus MC Hammer (right)

David Haye agrees terms with Vitali Klitschko

Haye ready to fight Vitali after agreeing 'slave contract' with elder Klitschko brother

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UPDATED:

17:37 GMT, 17 October 2012

David Haye has revealed he has agreed terms to fight Vitali Klitschko – but must now wait for the results of the Ukrainian elections.

The elder brother, 41, hopes to be voted into Ukraine's parliament on October 28 and although
he has yet to announce his retirement, his future plans are uncertain.

Haye, 32, admitted that if the fight with
Vitali does go ahead, he will have consented to the Ukrainians' 'slave
contract' whereby he must face either of the brothers twice more should he win.

Swansong: David Haye (right) wants to fight Vitali Klitschko next year

Swansong: David Haye (right) wants to fight Vitali Klitschko next year

'I'm ready to fight Vitali now but they'll give you as little notice as possible,' he said.

'Very rarely do they get the contract
signed off so a lot of fighters can't afford to train because they're
waiting for their advance.

'It's one of the tricks they pull but they won't catch me with that one.

'The fight has already been agreed, the contract's done – the money, the split, everything. We don't need a new contract.

'The contract's not as good as it was against Wladimir but I don't expect that because I'm the challenger now.

'It's fair, I'll survive, and it gives me a chance to get the WBC back.

'I will have to have a rematch with Vitali or Wladimir, whoever they decide, then against one of them again after that.

Campaign trail: Vitali Klitschko hopes to be elected into Ukraine's parliament

Campaign trail: Vitali Klitschko hopes to be elected into Ukraine's parliament

'As long as I get the opportunity to win that title.'

Haye also denied he could be tempted into an all-British showdown with David Price, who beat Audley Harrison at the weekend but called on Tyson Fury to continue his trash talking.

Fury is potentially facing censure
from the British Boxing Board of Control for a series of inflammatory,
expletive-filled rants aimed at Price.

'I'm only going to fight someone whose name is Klitschko. I've had my domestic dust-ups,' Haye added.

'What Fury is doing is good. The more he talks the bigger the fight with Price will be.

No thanks: Haye has no plans to fight David Price who beat Audley Harrison

No thanks: Haye has no plans to fight David Price who beat Audley Harrison

'He should keep talking because he isn't really fighting anyone at the moment.

'If you're not fighting anyone you need to do something to keep your name out there.'

While the prospect of facing Price
fails to inspire Haye, he was impressed by his rout of Harrison, an
opponent he took three rounds to knock out.

'David was punch perfect. There was nothing to criticise in what he did, all you can do is praise him,' he said.

'I believe David Price is the best out there at domestic level.

'In a couple of years he will definitely be knocking on that world title door.'

Evander Holyfield to retire – Jeff Powell boxing column

Retired and broke, Holyfield still has hope… but it's help he really needs

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UPDATED:

23:01 GMT, 15 October 2012

Hard times: Evander Holyfield

Hard times: Evander Holyfield

As if pulling a blanket over his head to hide from a world of troubles, Evander Holyfield will finally retire from boxing on his 50th birthday this Friday.

One of the ring’s most heroic warriors has been defeated not by one of his catalogue of formidable opponents but by the wounds of self-inflicted poverty.

A fighting man who battled his way out of the ghetto to a $350million fortune will wake up this poignant morning in a grim apartment in down-town Atlanta.

From The Real Deal to Meals On Wheels.

This is the deepest cut of all those sustained by so many fighting men who have squandered fortunes. Even Mike Tyson only blew $250m.

Worse, Holyfield seems more afflicted than most by the punishment inflicted by so many sledge-hammer blows to the head.

Yet even though his speech became increasingly slurred as he fought on to an age when the majority of Americans are applying for their bus pass, he had still been hoping for one last world title shot, one last big payday to keep the wolf from the door a little longer.

Holyfield is not just calling it a day but waiting for a phone call which will not come. His potentially suicidal campaign for a farewell fling against Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko has fallen on ears that are more kind than unreceptive.

Holyfield says: ‘I believe I can beat either of them but I don’t have time now to fight my way back up the rankings and become the No 1 contender. There’s no point badgering them any longer. If I don’t get the call on Friday, I quit.’

The phone will not ring.

50 and out: Holyfield is walking away from the hardest game

50 and out: Holyfield is walking away from the hardest game

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Bernd Bonte, manager of the Klitschkos, says: ‘Neither of the brothers will fight Evander. Both of them would destroy him at his age and they respect him far too much to do that. He is one of their idols and that means more than however much money the fight might make.’

The esteem in which Holyfield is held by the Klitschkos – in common with the entire fraternity of boxing – is hall-marked by the horde of memorabilia which he must surrender to auction next month.
As the only four-time winner of the world heavyweight title Holyfield surpasses The Greatest himself, Muhammad Ali.

That collection of WBC, WBA, IBF and Ring belts are to go under the hammer in Los Angeles, along with the wardrobe-full of gloves, shorts and robes worn in all the most significant fights in the career of one of the greatest boxers of all time.

Those treasures drip with the sweat of his epic trilogy with Riddick Bowe, the two controversial battles with Lennox Lewis and – along with his blood from that infamous biting of his ear – the sensational victories over Tyson.

Yet, although here is no telling how long his memory of the glory nights will remain sharp, the item from which he will part most reluctantly is the classic red Chevrolet manufactured in 1962, the year of his birth. It will feel as if his life has turned its full circle. Yet even if the fire sale raises its projected $5m, that will cover only half his $10m bankruptcy.

How could it have come to this Some of the answers are as old as the hardest game itself.
As the money poured in so, Holyfield took to gambling much of it away in the casinos of Las Vegas and Atlantic City. As all the pretty women flocked around so, he fathered 11 children with five of them as well as marrying and expensively divorcing three times.

Gates are closed: Holyfield's former 235 acre Atlanta estate, which sold at an auction for $7.5million, and cost $1m a year to maintain. He is believed to have owed $14m on the house at the time of foreclosure

Gates are closed: Holyfield's former 235 acre Atlanta estate, which sold at an auction for $7.5million, and cost $1m a year to maintain. He is believed to have owed $14m on the house at the time of foreclosure

An aerial view of Evander Holyfield's house in Fayette County, Georgia

An aerial view of Evander Holyfield's house in Fayette County, Georgia

Locked out: Holyfield at his former residence at the height of his success but was forced to sell the property at an auction to cover some of his debts

Locked out: Holyfield at his former residence at the height of his success but was forced to sell the property at an auction to cover some of his debts

As he took gratification from rising to fame through the old prejudices of America’s Deep South, so he flaunted his riches by buying Atlanta’s answer to Buckingham Palace.

The most frequently mentioned statistics of that estate are the 109 rooms and 17 bathrooms. When I visited him there he took most pride from having not one but two marble staircases sweeping through each end of the mansion. There were also houses in the grounds for his ex-wives and some of his children.

This was a monument to extravagance born of his pride at overcoming his humble beginnings but ultimately beyond his means to sustain.

In echoing contrast to that call which will never come the phone rang frequently there, to be answered by a servant saying ‘The Holyfield residence.’

Warrior: Holyfield will always be remembered as one of the all-time greats

Warrior: Holyfield will always be remembered as one of the all-time greats

His residence now is that small apartment in one of the less salubrious parts of his home city. The stately home was repossessed when he fell $14m behind on the mortgage repayments.

Now one of his daughters has won an order for immediate payment of $500,000 in maintenance arrears. Since he has no prospect of paying that or the $3,000 alimony due every month, he faces being held in contempt of court shortly.

What they cannot take from him is a phenomenal career. A Golden Gloves amateur title and Olympic bronze were followed by a reign as undisputed cruiserweight champion of the world.

After winning the heavyweight crown by defeating James Buster Douglas – who had shocked Tyson and the world in the greatest of all upsets – he went on to fight all the best of the big time. He alternated between dominating the division and coming back from set-backs – including suspension with a suspected heart defect – to keep reclaiming the title.

He would have been a five-time champion had he not been robbed of a decision by the giant Nikolai Valuev as recently as February 2010, at the age of 47. He has the satisfaction of bowing out as a winner, having defeated Danish veteran Brian Neilsen in what was to be his last fight.

Win or lose, the way Holyfield always went to war in the ring was thrilling and unforgettable.

Some may withhold sympathy, given the former scale of his wealth. Yet while his excesses wee a folly, the sadness is profound.

Tyson, who is finding ways to rebuild his life, is offering assistance and advice to the man whose lavish generosity has extended to forgiving Iron Mike for chewing off his ear.

Famously a born-again Christian, Holyfield says: ‘I still have hope.’

He also needs help. Hopefully, from all he people whose lives he has enriched with his courage, it will be forthcoming.

Don't be a Twit, Tyson…

Tyson Fury is a good guy at heart but he is in danger of embarrassing himself with his tirades against David Price, his British rival for future world heavyweight title glory.

Fury’s rantings at Price are starting to wander between the manic and banale and, frankly, do not merit being repeated in this column.

War of words: Tyson Fury launched a series of embarrassing tirades against David Price

War of words: Tyson Fury launched a series of embarrassing tirades against David Price

Price, having ended Audley Harrison’s career on Saturday night with another of his massive KOs to retain his British and Commonwealth belts, needs only to remind Fury that Fury vacated those titles rather than fight him.

Some of Fury’s other tweets of late have been riddled with expletives. It is time for him to stop twittering and concentrate at what he does best… which also happens to be knocking people out.

Sooner or later, he will get the chance to have his say against Price where it matters. In the ring.

Nonito nearly the new Pacquiao

Expectations that Nonito Donaire will eventually succeed his Filipino countryman Manny Pacquiao as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world rose on Saturday.

Donaire inflicted a stunning ninth round KO on Toshaki Nishkoka, Japan’s highly respected world champion against whom Britain’s Rendall Munroe failed in his one title bid thus far.

New Manny: Nonito Donaire (L) defeated Toshiaki Nishioka in the ninth round of their IBF and WBO super bantamweight title and WBC diamond championship match in California

New Manny: Nonito Donaire (L and below) defeated Toshiaki Nishioka in the ninth round of their IBF and WBO super bantamweight title and WBC diamond championship match in California

Nonito Donaire poses with his belts after his victory against Toshiaki Nishioka

With Cuban defector Guillermo Rigondeaux – a two-time Olympic gold medallst – already holding another of the super-bantamweiight belts – the road to a world title will not be easy for the forthcoming winner of Munoe and Scott Quigg.

Enough is enough, Audley

Audley Harrison, in a statement which gives full credit to David Price for Saturday’s knock out, says he is still thinking about whether to retire.

For your own sake – at coming up 41 and coming out of hospital – don’t think about it for too long, Audley.

Enough is enough: Audley Harrison reacts after his first round defeat by David Price

Enough is enough: Audley Harrison reacts after his first round defeat by David Price