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Haye reignites Klitschko ambition

David Haye
Haye wants to become Britain's first heavyweight champion since Lennox Lewis

David Haye has again challenged heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko to a fight in 2009.

The 27-year-old plans to step up from cruiserweight for two heavyweight bouts this year before taking on the Ukrainian IBF and WBO belt-holder.

"There's no option for him other than me because there are no big challenges out there for him," Haye said.

"I'll fight two top 10 heavyweights and obliterate them. I'll show the world what heavyweight boxing can be."

Klitschko told BBC Sport last month that talks between his camp and Haye had broken down and that he would only fight the Londoner if he proved himself as a heavyweight.

The Ukrainian, who has won 50 of his 53 professional heavyweight bouts, already has two mandatory bouts lined up this year which means he could not fight Haye until 2009.

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But Haye is determined to press on with his plans to fight Klitschko and shake up the heavyweight division.

"Right now [heavyweight boxing] is a disgrace," said Haye, the undisputed cruiserweight world champion.

"I've met Wladimir Klitschko, who is universally recognised as the best heavyweight, and said to his face that there is no other fight out there that people are interested in.

"He half agreed but he has two mandatories in the way. I told him to get those guys out of the way.

"After that there is no reason why we can't get it on. He said I don't have a good ranking, but I told him not to worry about that.

"He said that if I'm ranked high enough there's no reason why it can't happen."

Haye has signed a deal to stage his next four fights at London's O2 Arena, the scene of his triumph over Enzo Maccarinelli in March.

I'm going to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world

David Haye
Haye, whose one fight in boxing's blue riband division was a first-round stoppage of Poland's Tomasz Bonin last April, plans to relinquish his cruiserweight belts and become a heavyweight full-time.

Promoter Frank Warren has offered David Haye 600,000 to fight Commonwealth heavyweight champion Matt Skelton in the Autumn.

But Haye is looking to line up Hasim Rahman, who famously knocked out Britain's former heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis in 2001.

"We'll talk to him again and hopefully he won't ask for silly money," Haye said.

In the meantime, the 27-year-old plans to get back in the gym and train as normal with the target of gradually putting on the required weight to step up a division.

"I'm not going to go out there and push loads of weights around and bulk up like a body builder," said Haye.

"I'm going to go up naturally and probably double or treble my calorie intake.

"I want my body to adapt naturally because I don't want to lose a fraction of my speed because I believe speed is the key to becoming heavyweight champion.

"If I can maintain my speed and get the fights that matter, then I'm going to be the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world."

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