Haye to fight Klitschko, but not in Ukraine

David Haye has ruled out fighting the world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko in Ukraine, claiming that the country is not safe for a black man to visit.

"I've never been to Ukraine but I have heard it's very dangerous for a black man," Haye told German magazine SportBild. "There are crazy racists who have already sent me death threats."

Haye lost his WBA title to Klitschko’s brother Wladimir in Hamburg in 2011 but believes he can face Vitali with confidence in a WBC title decider. He wants the fight to take place in Germany. "Germany would be the best and safest place for me to beat Vitali and get out of the stadium alive," he said.

Haye was dismissive of Vitali’s reputation. "He 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 to be blown away by a large, slow robot from the Ukraine."

After coming out of retirement and winning his grudge match against Dereck Chisora, Haye is big box-office again, and a title fight would generate huge interest. He suggested that Klitschko has preferred to avoid fighters who might present a challenge. "I think Haye against Vitali Klitschko is the only heavyweight fight the world wants to see," Haye said. "I am not interested in fighting against 50 wimps like the Klitschkos do. I want the big fights that no fan wants to miss. Vitali likes to compete against boxers who have no chance of winning."

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