Boxing: David Haye refuses to fight Vitali Klitschko in Ukraine


David Haye has ruled out fighting Vitali Klitschko in Ukraine on safety grounds should he get a crack at the WBC heavyweight champion.

Haye wants to fight Vitali after losing his WBA crown to Klitschko's younger brother, Wladimir, in Hamburg last year – provided the fight takes place in Germany.

"I've never been to Ukraine but I have heard it's very dangerous for a black man," Haye said yesterday. "There are crazy racists who have already sent me death threats. So Germany would be the best and safest place for me to beat Vitali and get out of the stadium alive.

"He [Vitali] has promised the world so many times that he could knock me out. That is rubbish. I'm too fast, too sexy and too talented."