Vitali Klitschko is determined to set up a heavyweight showdown with David Haye after revealing that he had been disgusted at the Londoner’s taunts towards his brother Wladimir.
Haye surrendered his WBA heavyweight title in Hamburg nine days ago after being out-pointed in a largely one-sided contest.
A broken toe may have hindered him, but the 30-year-old’s sub-par performance left many to suggest that his aim of beating both Klitschkos to unify the division is nothing but a pipe dream.
Vitali, holder of the WBC heavyweight title, told Press Association Sport: “Now David Haye is without a title but there is one reason why I want to fight him – because he touched me personally with his bad words.
“I want to give him the right answer by sending him to the floor. This would be great for me personally. If the fight happens this will be the biggest motivation.
“He has no respect for his opponent. He tries to duck out before fights. He always has excuses, always says bad words to my brother and to me and to my family.
“It’s not nice and the only way I can answer that without words is to send him to the floor in the ring. Then he will have no excuses. It will be great.
“He is actually famous for his trash talking and not for his boxing skills. I want to send him to the place where he belongs.”