David Haye is still talking about a 2013 fight with Vitali Klitschko. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
David Haye is hoping to land a 2013 fight with Vitali Klitschko, and managed to sneak in a very Haye-like verbal slap to his would-be rival's political aspirations, as well:
"I have had no contact from Klitschko's team and I'm not anticipating any as it is well documented he is running for mayor of Kiev in late October. But after he's lost that campaign I expect to hear from him.
"I want to convince him he's not had a defining fight. His biggest fight was against Lennox Lewis which he lost. ... For someone who wants to retire, you want to retire on a big fight and that fight against (Manuel) Charr was definitely not a high."
Klitschko's win on Saturday over Charr was indeed not how you'd ideally prefer the 41-year-old gentleman pugilist leave the sport, but if he's successful in politics -- and I couldn't possibly hazard a guess to how likely or unlikely that is since I know nothing of Ukraine politics -- then that's going to be it for him, most likely. If not, there's got to be a proper, true farewell fight, with balloons and all.
And I think David Haye, who blew away Dereck Chisora in his last outing, is the exact right opponent. Haye can talk his way into making any fight big. Hell, Haye vs Chisora was one of the biggest fights of 2012, and we're "just" talking about Dereck Chisora here, you know?
I've also said for years now -- years! -- that I think Haye's better Klitschko matchup is Vitali. I've always felt that way. So despite David's anemic showing against Wladimir in 2011, yes, I would legitimately give Haye a chance.
But what the shit do I know? I thought Chad Dawson was gonna get it done last weekend, too.