Vitali Klitschko: David Haye must wait to fight me


WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has ruled out any immediate meeting with Britain's David Haye.

Haye will announce his first fight since July on Thursday and has stated his intention to meet Klitschko.

But the Ukrainian, 41, claims Haye rejected a chance to fight him.

David Haye's career

  • 2001: Loses to Cuban Odlanier Solis in the final of the World Amateur Championships in Belfast
  • 2002: Wins first fight as a professional against Tony Booth
  • 2004: Loses for the first time against former WBO champion Carl Thompson
  • 2005: Beats Alexander Gurov for EBU cruiserweight belt
  • 2007: Wins WBC cruiserweight title against Jean-Marc Mormeck
  • 2008: Wins WBO title against Enzo Maccarinelli and announces he is moving up to heavyweight
  • 2009: Beats WBA heavyweight champion Nikolay Valuev on points
  • 2010: Defends title against American John Ruiz in April
  • 2011: Loses to Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg in July
  • 2011: Retires on his 31st birthday in October
  • 2012: Brawls with Dereck Chisora in Munich media conference in February
  • 2012: Knocks out Chisora in east London bout in July

"If David wants to fight, he has to wait because I have to defend my title against an official contender," he told the BBC Ukrainian Service. "After that maybe."

Klitschko added: "If David Haye has [a] high [enough] position on the world rankings, we can fight each other but it will not be soon. The fight against David Haye is not everything for me."

The 32-year-old, who won WBA, WBC and WBO titles at cruiserweight, retired in October 2011 after a defeat by Wladimir Klitschko before reversing his decision in order to meet Chisora in July last year.

The British Boxing Board of Control refused to grant the fighters licences following Haye's brawl with Chisora following Chisora's defeat by Klitschko in February 2012 and their fight was sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation.

Klitschko says he offered Haye the opportunity to fight in Moscow last year.

He added: "Last September I gave a proposal to David Haye to fight me in Moscow. David Haye had a contract and didn't want to do that and instead of fighting me he fought Chisora.

"How long [should] I have to wait for David Haye? I gave him a proposal and he didn't take it.

"David Haye had the chance to fight my brother. Many times he ran away but Vladimir beat him.

"David did not agree with the decision, tried to make excuses and just talked about his leg not giving him the chance to beat my brother."