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Haye to take on Klitschko in June

DAVID Haye, the British former cruiserweight world champion, announced that he has finalized a deal to fight IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine on June 20.

The fight looks certain to be held in Germany, where Klitschko and his brother Vitali are based.

But Haye believes he has the speed and punching power to take the titles from a fighter he claims has been trying to avoid him.

"He's already showed me his hand through the way he's negotiated," Hayes said.

"He has never wanted this fight, and was only going to agree to it when the odds were stacked in his favor.

"Wladimir wants to feel comfortable inside the ring and at the negotiating table. He was as reluctant to put pen to paper for this fight as he is when throwing a right hand. He's a mentally weak fighter and has been terrified to take risks ever since he was blitzed by a semipro golfer (Corrie Sanders)."

Klitschko lost the WBO title when he was knocked out in two rounds by Sanders in March 2003, and he has also been floored and beaten by Ross Purity and Lamon Brewster.

But Klitschko stopped Hasim Rahman in seven rounds in his last defense in December and hasn't lost in more than four years to build a 52-3 record to Haye's 22-1.


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