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Sunday, October 30, 2011

Haye leaves door open for Klitschko comeback bout

David Haye David Haye (Pic: AFP)

David Haye admits "only time will tell" whether the Klitschko brothers try to lure him out of retirement with a shot at redemption.

Haye officially retired on his 31st birthday this month despite ending on a low note following his high-profile heavyweight unification loss against Wladimir Klitschko in July.

However, the former WBA champion would undoubtedly lace up his gloves once more to take on Wladimir or brother Vitali should the right offer be made for him to get back into the ring.

The Londoner, who lost his belt to the Ukrainian IBF/WBO champion in Hamburg this summer, today launched the biography 'Making Haye' and in the book admits he has simply "retired from fighting anyone without the Klitschko surname".

The former cruiserweight king, who will pursue an acting career in the future, told Press Association Sport: "The book leaves it open a little.

"You never know, there's always another chapter, whether it's me retiring and you never hear from me again, or because I go out there and become a big success with the acting. It's the end of one chapter and there are plenty of chapters to come in the rest of my life.

"Only time will tell whether the Klitschkos need me more than I need them.

"They won't believe that. But it depends what they want out of boxing. If they want guaranteed easy victories then they can do what they've always done but if they want a tough challenge you'd think they would want to beat down my door.

"But if they're not interested in fighting then fair enough, I've moved on. It obviously wasn't meant to be."

The Klitschko camp claimed days before Haye's scheduled retirement on October 13 that they were negotiating a deal for the Briton to meet Vitali, but the fighter himself insists they "never came close" to agreeing anything.

Haye bowed out with a record of 25 wins - 23 by knockout - and two defeats, and admits his losses to Carl Thompson early in his career and Klitschko in his last fight are just something he has to accept.

"The two defeats were completely different because against Carl Thompson I was unprepared, both mentally and physically and there was a lot more I could have done, whereas the fight with Wladimir was completely different," he said.

"It didn't go my way against Klitschko. It was one of those fights. I lost a points decision and it is what it is.

"I did the best I could and I've got to live with that."

Haye infamously blamed a toe injury for his failure to perform against Klitschko in his final fight, but maintains he never considered pulling out, especially having withdrawn from a bout with Klitschko in 2009 with a back problem.

"It was never an option to pull out of the fight no matter what was wrong," said 'The Hayemaker'.

"I was never going to pull out.

"I had to go through with it. It was not an option. Certain fights you can pull out of and certain fights you can't, and in that fight it was not an option."

Haye insists he is content to carry on enjoying a life of leisure for the time being.

"I'm definitely not getting itchy feet just yet," he said.

"I'm keeping busy, catching up with friends and family, having a rest and taking it easy. I'm enjoying life and enjoying all the things I wasn't able to while I was a competitive boxer."

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