Tuesday 23 May 2017

Haye: I could beat Klitschko

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David Haye has said Wladimir Klitschko is the best fighter in the world but still believes he could beat him in a rematch after losing their world heavyweight unification bout.

The Ukrainian eased to a unanimous decision over 12 rounds to add Haye's WBA title to the WBO, IBF and IBO belts he already held.

Haye later explained he could not unleash his 'Hayemaker' on Klitschko because a broken little toe on his right foot meant he could not balance or launch himself properly.

He said: "Whenever you have injuries, the last thing you do is tell your opponent because he'll aim for that.

"I couldn't push off my right foot but that's not the reason I lost the fight -- he was better than me, pure and simple. I came off second best and even if I'd been 100pc fit I might not have won. He's the best fighter on the planet right now."

Haye said he believed he could still beat Klitschko if he gets the chance of another fight. "I'd love a rematch but the ball is in his court. I had the title and went out to unify them, but now he's in a good position and it's up to him.

"If he wants another super fight he can fight me. If he wants an easy one, he can fight one of the guys who just goes over for a pay day."

Irish Independent

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