Vitali Klitschko Close to Retirement, But Wants to Fight David Haye

Vitali Klitschko has to defend his title against Tomasz Adamek on September 3, but if he's successful, he wants David Haye. (Photo by Bongarts/Getty Images)

WBC heavyweight titlist Vitali Klitschko hinted during an HBO luncheon that he's close to retirement, but he still wants to fight family rival David Haye. From Mitch Abramson:

"I want to fight David Haye. He made a decision to fight Wladimir. I was jealous of Wladimir because he had a chance to fight David Haye because I want to kick his ass for his bad words. Maybe I can realize my vision in the future. But right now I don’t want to talk about that because without a win against Tomasz Adamek it’s just hot air."

Klitschko (42-2, 39 KO) will go on the road to Poland to defend his title against the popular and tough Tomasz Adamek (44-1, 28 KO), a former light heavyweight titleholder and cruiserweight champion who now sits as the world's top-ranked heavyweight not named Klitschko.

But I do think Vitali is very serious about wanting to fight David Haye so that he can "kick his ass." Wladimir has always been the calmer, more relaxed of the brothers. Vitali, by the brothers' own admission, is the more emotional, sometimes hot-headed of the two. And it seems that Wladimir controlling and easily handling Haye over 12 rounds on July 2 is not enough payback for harsh words and decapitation t-shirts, at least in Vitali's mind. He wants to put an exclamation point at the end of the David Haye paragraph. Or sentence, if you prefer.

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