By Clive Bernath: American heavyweight contender ‘Fast’ Eddie Chambers has offered Britain’s former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye his services as an opponent should he continue boxing. Haye had always insisted that win, lose or draw, he would retire on his 31st birthday in October, that now seems unlikely.
Prior to Haye’s humiliating 12 round hammering at the hands of Wladimir Klitschko last weekend, the 30 year-old Londoner had labelled all of Klitschko’s previous opponents (of which Chambers was one) hand picked ’Bum’s’.
Chambers has never forgotten Haye’s trash talking headline grabber and has offered him the opportunity to redeem himself.
Talking to the London Evening Standard Chambers said: "I know that Haye called me a bum when I lost to Klitschko - I will give him the chance to see just how much of a bum I am.
"I tried to warn Haye that it is hard to get away from Klitschko’s jab and that it is hard to overcome his strength.
"Everybody gets in the ring with Klitschko and thinks that they will be too fast and that Klitschko will be too slow.
"I made the mistake and now Haye has made the same mistake as me and paid the same painful price - I will fight him if he wants to continue with boxing."
Wladimir Klitschko’s boxing manager Bernd Boente has already dismissed the thought of a rematch with Haye but he did indicate in an interview with BBC radio5 that there is a possibility for Haye to challenge Wladimir’s brother Vitali, who holds the WBC title.
Boente also hinted that Wladimir could face the winner of the July 23 British heavyweight title clash between champion Dereck Chisroa and Tyson Fury. That option seems highly likely as Chisora signed to fight Wladimir Klitschko earlier this year, only for Klitschko to pull out with a rib injury.
One thing is certain, Haye will not be short of opponents with Chambers, Kevin Johnson and Chris Arreola, all keen to pay him back for calling them all ‘Bums’ Haye has pretty much said that he will not retire as planned but will take a few weeks out before making any decision.
July 4, 2011