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Haye pours scorn on Skelton offer

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

David Haye has turned down the offer of a fight with Matt Skelton and said he would "rather retire from boxing" than work with promoter Frank Warren again.

Warren offered Haye 600,000 to fight Commonwealth champion Skelton, 40, in the autumn, but cruiserweight king Haye called the offer "derisory".

"I'll make at least double Warren's figure in my next fight," said Haye.

"Skelton's the most boring heavyweight in the world. Thanks, but I'm not in boxing to hand out pensions."

London's Haye, 27, destroyed Wales' Enzo Maccarinelli in March to become the undisputed cruiserweight champion and plans to have two fights against top-10 ranked heavyweights before challenging IBF and WBO champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2009.

We'd feel immense guilt if we took any more free money from Sports Network. I have a hard enough time sleeping at night as it is

David Haye

Haye, whose Hayemaker Promotions has signed a deal to stage his next four fights at London's O2 Arena and who wants to fight former undisputed heavyweight king Hasim Rahman in the autumn, also accused Warren of being "obsessed" with him.

"How much more charity are [Warren's promotional outfit] Sports Network willing to offer me?" said Haye, who has 21 wins from 22 fights.

"They already gift-wrapped Enzo Maccarinelli for me to obliterate in a couple of rounds and now they want to wheel out the company's granddad on his Stannah stair-lift for a beating.

"Frank Warren's obsessed with me. He should stop throwing me handouts and either donate the money to a more worthwhile charity or get his own house in order.

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"We thank Frank Warren for sacrificing Maccarinelli, but we'd feel immense guilt if we took any more free money from Sports Network. I have a hard enough time sleeping at night as it is."

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," Haye said last week at a news conference to announce a link-up between Hayemaker Promotions and Setanta Sports.

"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."



see also
Awesome Haye stops Maccarinelli
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