3rd July, 2011
David Haye has admitted he was â€™guttedâ€™ to lose his unification bout and WBA title to Wladimir Klitschko, the new undisputed heavyweight champion of the world, and will now consider his future.
A report monitored on Times LIVE says Klitschko holds the IBF, WBO and WBA belts after being awarded yesterdayâ€™s fight 117-109, 118-108, 116-110 by the three judges to claim victory over Britainâ€™s Haye, the former WBA champion.
Â Â Having vowed to retire on 13 October, his 31st birthday, Haye has said he will consider his options and would â€™loveâ€™ a re-match with Klitschko.
Â Â â€œI am not making any decisions yet, he said heâ€™d knock me out, he didnâ€™t and I would love a re-match,â€ said Haye.
Â Â â€œI am gutted I wasnâ€™t able to do what I wanted to do, this fightÂ has put heavyweight boxing back on the map, the whole town was buzzing over the fight and I played my part in that.
Â Â â€œLosing wasnâ€™t an option for me before the fight, so I need to have a good think about what I will do now.
Â Â â€œI said I would retire in October and I would be disappointed toÂ go out on a loss.â€Â Â Â
Having said he would only shake Klitschkoâ€™s hand in hospital after knocking him out, Haye finally shook the undisputed championâ€™s hand in the post-fight press conference and partly blamed his defeat on a broken toe.
Â Â â€œWladimir boxed the perfect fight,â€ said Haye, who was forced out of the original bout against Klitschko in 2009 with a back injury.
Â Â â€œHe used his size and reach, I wasnâ€™t able to land my shots partly because he has good defence.
Â Â â€œBut the majority reason, and I hate it when boxers make excuses, is that I had broken a toe on my right foot in training three weeks ago and that I feel didnâ€™t allow me to open up and throw big, powerful punches.
Â Â â€œPostponing was not an option for me, I had pulled out of one fight against Wladimir before, so that was not going to happen again.
Â Â â€œOn fight night, I had a local anaesthetic and I wanted to numb it, but as it turned out, I wasnâ€™t able to explode off my leg.
â€œBut that is boxing, you canâ€™t have things all your way all the time.â€Â Â Â
Haye has said he wants a re-match, but has to wait for KlitschkoÂ to offer him one.
Â Â â€œWhat I want and what I get are two different things, Iâ€™d love to fight him when I am 100% fit, I proved I am a genuine heavyweight champion, I took a few shots and I proved a lot of people wrong.
Â Â â€œI am just very disappointed I wasnâ€™t able to do what I needed to do to knock him out.â€