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Haye unlikely to get rematch with Wladimir Klitschko due to 'slave contract'

David Haye's manager says he is unwilling to consider signing a contract without equal parity.

There would be less demand for a rematch between Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye.
There would be less demand for a rematch between Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye.

David Haye is unlikely to seal a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko or take on his brother Vitali instead because he is unwilling to consider signing a "slave contract", according to his manager.

By losing his WBA title to Wladimir on Saturday with a limp points defeat in Hamburg, Haye lost his only bargaining chip to take to the table with the notoriously tough negotiating Ukrainian siblings.

Though he cited a broken toe as the reason for his performance, Haye's calls for a rematch seem likely to fall on deaf ears and after the overwhelming hype for this weekend's meeting, clamour for a second edition will be significantly quieter.

Haye's trainer and manager, Adam Booth, does not know if Haye will stick to his October retirement deadline but insists whatever happens, a fight with one of the brothers is unlikely because he would need to sign away his future with clauses while taking a much smaller purse.

Asked about the possibility of a rematch, Booth said: "No. Doing business with them when you don't have equal parity? I'd never do it.

"I speak for David here because I know what he's said to me repeatedly. I don't think he would do it.

"He's not going to have that 'slave contract' that he complained about all the time. This fight was equal parity because of everything David managed to achieve."

Vitali is signed to fight Tomasz Adamek in Poland in September and when asked about Haye meeting the bigger sibling instead, Booth said: "It wouldn't be a contract that David would want and Vitali's got to fight Adamek anyway."

In what Klitschko claimed was "a victory for boxing" after some of Haye's near-the-knuckle pre-fight trash talk, the Ukrainian enjoyed a resounding unanimous decision win at the Imtech Arena to add Haye's WBA title to his own IBF and WBO belts.

Haye immediately cited a broken toe for his uninspiring performance — showing the swollen digit to Klitschko and media in the post-fight press conference — but admits even taking that into account it is difficult to see where he goes now.

"Listen, will he want to give me a rematch when I'm 100 per cent fit? I don't know," Haye said. "If not, then I don't know. I really don't know. I'd love him to give me a rematch.

"He said he can knock me out and I'd love him to give it a go."

As for his deadline of hanging up the gloves on October 13 — his 31st birthday — Haye hinted for the first time he could fight on.

"I'm not making any decisions yet on retirement," he added.

For Haye it had been the opportunity to establish a real legacy in the heavyweight division as the man to end Klitschko's dominance.

But after talking the talk he failed to walk the walk at a rain-sodden outdoor football stadium, unable or unwilling to produce the all-out savagery he had crudely promised.

His overall performance was sub-standard as he lost a wide decision with scores of 117-109, 118-108 and 116-110.

Klitschko, who acted the role of the gentleman perfectly in the build-up, remains angered by his opponent's pre-fight talk of decapitation and execution and suggested the difference on the night was simple.

"He could probably have continued success against certain types of heavyweight in the future," said the 35-year-old.

"But at the highest level I think it's going to be very difficult to challenge the true heavyweights."