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David Haye Still Thinks He Can Land Vitali Klitschko Later This Year

David Haye feels he can convince Vitali Klitschko to fight him this year. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
David Haye feels he can convince Vitali Klitschko to fight him this year. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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David Haye believes that if he can beat Wladimir Klitschko this coming Saturday, the win could force older brother Vitali Klitschko into a fight, despite the fact that Vitali is set to face Tomasz Adamek on September 10 in Poland:

"I don’t think Vitali believes his brother is going to lose to me. He hasn’t seriously contemplated having to change his plans. He has an arena booked somewhere in Poland for his next fight and he has done a press conference already. He won’t be able to resist me once I have beaten his brother. ... If it’s possible to squeeze big brother in, it will be done."

Squeezing him in this fall, of course, refers to Haye's promise to retire by October, when he turns 31.

Do you think there's any real chance of this happening? I know it seems unlikely, and no small part of the unlikelihood stems from the fact that David Haye is probably not going to fight on July 2 and then again by October, but I think there has to be at least a little shred of a chance that were Haye to beat Wladimir, Vitali could march in for retribution or whatever. Obviously some kind of deal would have to be worked out with Adamek, and who knows how Adamek and his team would feel about that, but I wouldn't say that this is impossible or anything.

As for Wladimir, Haye is calling for a KO by six rounds, and says he doesn't believe Wladimir is a real fighter, and thinks that Wladimir's recent concerns over Haye threatening to send him to the hospital reveal something about the Ukrainian:

"When two dogs fight, they would be the same in a yard as in an arena. It is the same for me. I will focus on Wladimir, his eyes and breathing. I don’t believe it is in his DNA to be a real fighter. It is hard to say whether I enjoy it. There is so much on the line and at stake. I love the fighting and the sport. I enjoy it when I know my opponent is on the way out, when the show is coming to a close. There are more fun experiences to be had in life. But just the thought of someone getting injured seems to throw him. You can’t think like that."

As over-the-top as Haye can be with his pre-fight predictions and trash talk, I think you have to take a step back here and look at this one, because it's sort of interesting. Wladimir has in the past been accused of lacking a killer instinct and I think that's all this really boils down to. Does Haye have a killer instinct where Wladimir does not? Does Wladimir's niceness get in his way sometimes?

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