Haye pleads for second chance against Wladimir

British fighter says he expects a backlash from fans after anaemic Hamburg display.

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HE BLAMED A sore toe for a sorry display in Germany over the weekend, but David Haye says he wants another go at Wladimir Klitschko.

The Ukrainian notched a resounding points victory at the Imtech Arena to add Haye’s WBA heavyweight title to his own IBF and WBO belts. But Haye says has said he would relish the chance to try and take back the title he lost at the weekend.

“Wladimir made a statement saying first he would give me a rematch and then his manager said he wouldn’t give me a rematch,” Haye told BBC Five Live. “If there’s a potential rematch in there, well the guy’s beaten me and obviously I’d love the opportunity to challenge for his title.

“I came to the table with a title, I don’t have a title now, I’m title-less. And every boxer wants the opportunity to fight for a title.

“In boxing anything’s possible. He promised everyone he’d knock me out. He said he’d teach me a lesson and knock me out, but he didn’t do that. He gave it his best shots and couldn’t put me out. Maybe he’ll want the opportunity to knock me out and finish my career.”

Having blamed the defeat on a broken toe immediately after the fight, Haye seemed to backtrack on the excuse.

“I got beat by a guy who’s very consistent, very strong, very good at what he does and I’m gutted,” he said. “I did my best but unfortunately my best wasn’t good enough.

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The 30-year-old, meanwhile, told the Guardian that he’s prepared for a backlash from fight fans.

“I’m expecting the stick and I won’t take it personally,” Haye said. “There will have been a lot of people hoping that I lost. They can have a little smile and feel glad about it but I know I did the best I could,” he said.

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