Boxing: I will fight Haye next, says Vitali Klitschko


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Heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has announced a much-awaited fight with Briton David Haye for the WBC crown. "I can announce that my next fight will be with David Haye," Klitschko told a 50,000 crowd at the Esprit Arena in Düsseldorf immediately after his brother Wladimir had knocked out Jean-Marc Mormeck to retain his WBO, WBA, IBF and IBO crowns on Saturday night.

Haye, who retired in October, has been wanting to fight Klitschko since losing his WBA belt to Wladimir last July. He is wanted by German police for questioning over a post-fight brawl with Dereck Chisora after the former Commonwealth champion lost to Vitali Klitschko on 19 February.

Haye said on Twitter: "Vitali has just finally agreed to fight me in a live RTL interview. He told me I will be his next fight. Let's get ready to rumble."

Should the fight go ahead it could be 40-year-old Vitali's last; he said before taking on Chisora that he planned to fight "a couple of times more".

The Klitschkos have twice had fights with Haye called off after they failed to agree on the details for a unification fight before Haye's defeat to Wladimir.