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Humble Haye

OPTIONS: Haye (centre) could possibly fight WBC champion Vitali Klitschko (right)

SKY SPORTS boxing presenter Johnny Nelson thinks that former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye should postpone his looming retirement and face WBC title holder Vitali Klitschko.

Haye, who was unanimously defeated by Wladimir Klitschko in July and lost his WBA belt in the process, previously stated that he wanted to hang up his gloves once he turned 31, which is on October 13.

However, the south Londoner has expressed an interest in a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko or fighting his older brother Vitali.

Nelson recognises that Haye will not have much leverage when negotiating with Vitali – who last tasted defeat against Lennox Lewis in 2003 - and should be unpretentious when pursuing the contest.

Former cruiserweight world champion Nelson told the Voice of Sport:

“David now has to be humble and accept a very small piece of the pie.

“He can’t make big demands like with Wladimir, he’s got to take what’s offered if he really does want to fight Vitali.


OPINION: Nelson

“Vitali’s very stiff, very upright, but his attitude is very different when it comes to fighting. I think that would be a harder fight for David because Vitali really dislikes David and he will go to knock him out.”

Nelson believes that Haye is the only creditable opponent for the Klitschkos to fight.

“There’s a massive gulf between the Klitschkos and the rest of the heavyweight division,” said Nelson.

“We saw that on Saturday night (September 10) with Vitali against (Tomasz) Adamek. Adamek was supposed to be his biggest threat and look how easy this 41-year-old man dispatched of him.

“David Haye is the only person now for the Klitschkos to fight. Who else is out there?”

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