x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Haye ready to face both Klitschko brothers

David Haye promised that he will fight the Klitschko brothers in unification bouts before retiring next year.

David Haye promised that he will fight the Klitschko brothers in unification bouts before retiring next year following his routine victory over Audley Harrison.

The three-round stoppage over Harrison in Manchester, England, was staged only because fights with Vitali Klitschko, the WBC champion, and Wladimir, the IBF, IBO and WBO holder, failed to come to fruition.

Haye believes all parties want the fights to happen. He is confident they will take place next year because he plans to retire in 2011.

"We'll sit down and try to make it happen," he said. "We were talking to them before the fight, but things didn't go the way we wanted them to go.

"Fingers crossed, they will realise after this fight, once they see the [box office] numbers, they will realise I am the main man. There's no one else for them to fight."

Harrison barely threw a punch and looked like a frightened rabbit from the first bell, freezing in the third when Haye began leaping into shots. With Harrison not defending himself, let alone throwing anything back, the referee Luis Pabon halted the action at 1min 53secs of the third round.

Harrison rejected the suggestion he brought nothing to the fight. "I wouldn't accept that at all. It was a bit cat-and-mouse early on but anybody who watched me and David spar many rounds in the past, that's how it is with us because he's a counter-puncher and so am I."

The crowd booed the listless first two rounds before the exciting third. When the fight was over, their ire was directed at Harrison, with merciless chants ridiculing the challenger.

"I knew the jeers would turn to cheers in a matter of moments," Haye said. "I knew I was going to take him out, and two rounds of boos was a small price to pay."