IBF/WBO and IBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko has again challenged David Haye to face him in a heavyweight unification bout on July 2. The 34 year-old, who is scheduled to face British champion Derek Chisora, has also said he is prepared to fight anywhere to make the fight happen.
Speaking to BBC Sport, Klitschko said: "I think after talking so much nonsense (Haye) has to show up in the ring. He has been trying to be smart but eventually he put himself in a corner. He’s talking about legacy - I don’t see the legacy with him, to be honest with you.
"I think that it’s not only my opinion but the opinion of a lot of fans. I know the British fans are looking forward to this fight and I’m looking forward to satisfying as well the British fans and to fight David Haye. I’m right here and I’m confirming that July 2, as I’ve said before, that’s the date for the fight. Either David Haye takes it or he just leaves the whole thing there.
"We were agreed on the money, so that we split everything 50-50 and of course there is a lot of money to make, but money is not the issue right now. As I said, I can confirm the date - July 2 - and the answer from David Haye was ’I don’t want you to fight before’ and however. The date is confirmed. Germany or the UK? It doesn’t matter."
Haye, meanwhile, is standing by his decision to retire on his 31st birthday in October and last month spoke about his desire to face Klitschko. He is also claiming that he cannot face Klitschko on July 2 because he has a mandatory title defence against Ruslan Chagaev to take care of.
"Fight fans just want to see the best against the best - if only it was that simple," Haye said. "Very rarely in boxing do you get a situation where you have all the pieces of the puzzle, all the politics have been smoothed over.
"Then all of sudden he(Wladimir) announces he is fighting Chisora, knowing I have to then fight Chagaev.
Haye Added: "To then fight me after is impossible - it is a shame he has now shown his true colours.
"He is scared of getting knocked out and does not want to lose, fighting people on a good run.
"What is wrong with now? Nothing. It does not make sense, especially after all the public campaign to get me in the ring.
February 7, 2011