Haye rules out Ukraine bout amid racism fears
Britain’s David Haye said he would not be fighting Vitali Klitschko in Ukraine because of death threats he has received from ‘crazy racists’ there.
Haye wants to fight WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko after losing his WBA crown to Klitschko’s younger brother Wladimir in Hamburg last year. But the 31-year-old said that he was only prepared to box in Germany, where the Klitschko brothers normally fight, and not in Ukraine.
“I’ve never been to Ukraine but I have heard it’s very dangerous for a black man,” Haye said.
“There are crazy racists who have already sent me death threats. So Germany would be the best and safest place for me to beat Vitali and get out of the stadium alive.”
Haye lost the WBA title on points against Vladimir Klitschko in July 2011, in only the second defeat of his career. He had also talked of hanging up his gloves but got back in the ring on July 14, beating compatriot Dereck Chisora in London.