David Haye Challenges Klitschko Brothers Ahead Of First Heavyweight Showdown

William CooperCorrespondent IOctober 14, 2008

Britain's David Haye has laid down the challenge to the Klitschko brothers before his heavyweight debut fight with Monte Barrett on November 15th. The fight will be the Briton’s first since moving up from cruiserweight to heavyweight.


Haye approaches his first heavyweight contest against seasoned American Monte Barrett with the prospect of big money matches against both Klitschkos on the horizon. Haye said: “Give me Wladimir first, and then I’ll take on the older brother. Neither of them has the speed I can show them, and they are both vulnerable.”


Vitali Klitschko despatched Samuel “The Nigerian Nightmare” Peter with little difficulty last Saturday to regain the WBC heavyweight title in front of 17,000 people at the O2 World Arena in Berlin.


Peter quit on his stool at the end of the eighth round after scarcely landing an effective shot in the preceding 24 minutes of the fight. Klitschko joins his brother Wladimir as a heavyweight champion in what is a division severely lacking in possible must see fights.


London born Haye, 21-1 with 20 knockouts, will meet Barrett on Nov. 15 at London's O2 Arena. The 37 year old Barrett has a record of 34-6, two of his defeats coming against world champions Nikolai Valuev and Hasim Rahman, another of his defeats came in his 2000 fight with Wladimir Klitschko.

Barrett put up credible displays in all three fights, rising five times from the canvas against Klitschko before being stopped in the seventh round.

Haye made the point of not looking past his first heavyweight opponent to the prospect of bigger and more lucrative possibilities. The usually confident Londoner described his first foray into the heavyweights as “a massive gamble.”


Haye added: "I don't want to waste anyone's time, if I can't get through Monte, then what's the point? I'm definitely not going to beat Klitschko, so I might as well call it a day."


The Monte Barrett fight will prove to be an effective yard stick on which to measure how far Haye can go in the heavyweight division. Haye who has always struggled to make weight in the cruiserweight division, will hope that his first heavyweight contest can be the making not breaking of his attempt to gain boxing's most prestigious prize; the heavyweight championship of the world.



Haye said: "Our gameplan is still to have two more fights and then the big one against Klitschko next year. I know as a heavyweight I can't afford to take risks. I've got to get in there, do my work and get out. I've got to punch like a whirlwind and take these guys out."