Report: Haye to Focus on Wladimir Klitschko After Vitali Klitschko Fight Falls Through

It didn't take much of 2009 for one of boxing's sanctioning bodies to ruin an intriguing fight - and in the one division that needed it most.

Just a few weeks ago, it looked like former cruiserweight champion David Haye was all set to take on reigning WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko in June. But the WBC decreed that Vitali had to face mandatory challenger Juan Carlos Gomez, and since he's loathe to give up the belt he waited several years to recover, it appears Klitschko will take that bout in late March.

Give the brash Haye credit for his ambition though, as the AP is reporting that he'll seek a fight with Wladmir Klitschko, the WBO and IBF champion, instead. Haye has thus far fought just once at heavyweight, knocking out Monte Barrett in five rounds this past November.

It's not clear if Haye would fare better against one particular Klitschko brother, as he'd be giving up plenty of size to both of them. Conventional wisdom would suggest that Vitali would be the easier target, as he's five years older and has fought just once in the last four years, but he looked sharp while dominating Samuel Peter last October.

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