Haye planning Wembley showdown with Klitschko

David Haye could be heading for a massive showdown fight with one of the Klitschko brothers at Wembley Stadium.

Britain's newest heavyweight world champion was still nursing a broken hand today after winning the WBA title against giant Russian Nikolai Valuev in Germany two days ago.



But Adam Booth, Haye's trainer, revealed that discussions with Wembley Stadium are already under way following his victory and the fight could take place next summer.



"Wembley have already been on to me," said Booth. "Haye against a Klitschko, Wladimir or Vitali, would be one of the biggest fights in heavyweight history."



The sheer scale of the gate receipts from a sell-out 100,000 Wembley crowd, combined with his percentage of the pay-per-view TV subscriptions, could earn the London-born champion an estimated £20million.



But Haye, 29, still celebrating his 12-round majority points success over 7ft 2in Valuev, has to defend his title with a mandatory fight against challenger John Ruiz before then.



"Ruiz is the mandatory challenger for the WBA title so if I don't fight him they'll take the title from me, and I don't fancy giving it up after winning it," said Haye. "I feel I can knock out John Ruiz."



The fighter has already been compared to the legendary Muhammad Ali but Haye admits he is uneasy with the comparison.



"I felt a bit uncomfortable seeing that," he admitted. "Ali is the greatest and I've had one heavyweight title win. So I've got a long, long way to go.



"As long as I am talked about in the same breath in 50 years maybe as a great heavyweight, then I will have done my job."



His fight against Ruiz will almost certainly be held at the O2 Arena with victory setting up a lucrative unifying heavyweight division fight against one of the Klitschkos.



Ruiz was paid to step aside and let Haye have the chance of taking the World Boxing Association's belt from Valuev.



But the contest is unlikely to take place before next May with Haye forced to let his broken hand, sustained in the second round against Valuev, heal completely.



However, Ruiz suffered a bad cut on the way to stopping German-based Turk Adrian Serin in the seventh round of a non-title bout.



"Ruiz is a good fighter, very underrated," said Haye. "But I will upset him pretty badly.



"He's not the most entertaining of former champions but he's won championships on several occasions and you don't do that through being a bad fighter. I don't feel I'd struggle with him in any way, though.



"I said I want to be unified champion and the Klitschkos are definitely in my sights. I am not fussed which one it is.



"Whichever one is available, we'll sit round a table and make it happen. Fingers crossed they retain their titles and we can have a huge, huge, unification fight."



Wladimir, at 33 the younger of the brothers, holds the IBF and WBO versions of the heavyweight championship.



But it is 38-year-old Vitali, the WBC champion and generally regarded as the world's best heavyweight, who has already made it clear he would be willing to face Haye.



Richard Schaefer, Haye's American promoter, is already excited by the potential global spectacle of a Haye v Klitschko fight.



"One of the Klitschkos against David Haye would a fight with huge global interest," said Schaefer. "For so long have we been asking for a new charismatic heavyweight champion of the world."



However, Haye will continue to celebrate his success by watching his beloved Millwall in FA Cup action against AFC Wimbledon tonight.



"I am popping down there tonight, me and Adam, it should be fun," he said.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Tradewind Recruitment: PMLD Teacher

Negotiable: Tradewind Recruitment: PMLD Teacher A specialist primary school i...

Recruitment Genius: Online Media Sales Trainee

£15000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Now our rapidly expanding and A...

Recruitment Genius: Public House Manager / Management Couples

£15000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you passionate about great ...

Recruitment Genius: Production Planner

£20000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This fast growing reinforcing s...

Day In a Page

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

As in 1942, Germany must show restraint over Greece

Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign

The short stroll that should be our walk of shame

Courting the global elite has failed to benefit Britain, as the vast disparity in wealth on display in the capital shows
Homeless Veterans appeal: The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty

Homeless Veterans appeal

The rise of the working poor: when having a job cannot prevent poverty
Prince Charles the saviour of the nation? A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king

Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
How books can defeat Isis: Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad

How books can defeat Isis

Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

Judith Hackitt: The myths of elf 'n' safety

She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
Design Council's 70th anniversary: Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch

Design Council's 70th anniversary

Four of the most intriguing prototypes from Ones to Watch
Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef's winter salads will make you feel energised through February

Bill Granger's winter salads

Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
England vs Wales: Cool head George Ford ready to put out dragon fire

George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

No 10’s calmness under pressure will be key for England in Cardiff
Michael Calvin: Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Time for Old Firm to put aside bigotry and forge new links