'Dr. Ironfist' Klitschko Gives Haye Six Months To Decide On Fight

MOSCOW, Russia -- Ukraine's WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko gives WBA heavyweight titlist David Haye of Britain a six-month period to decide if he will fight 'Dr. Ironfist,' BoxingScene.com website reported.

Ukraine's WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko.

"I think in the next six months, we should at least get a response from Haye. I'm not going to wait a year or two," Klitschko (41-2, 38 KOs) said.

The 39-year-old Ukrainian boxer said the Klitschko brothers want to hold all heavyweight division belts and Haye is standing in their way as he holds the only one world title the brothers do not have.

"I definitely want David Haye, and only because he has the only world championship belt which is not owned by the Klitschko family. We own almost all of the belts and there is only one remaining," Klitschko was quoted as saying.

Vitali's younger brother Wladimir (55-3, 49 KOs) is currently the holder of the IBF, IBO and WBO heavyweight belts

'Dr. Ironfist,' who defended his title last Saturday in Germany's Hamburg against Shannon Briggs of the United States (51-6, 45 KOs), said if Haye declines to fight him again, he must officially say that he is "afraid of the Klitschko brothers."

Last year, Haye (24-1, 22 KOs) scheduled a bout against Wladimir and later against Vitali but for various reasons withdrew from both fights.

Meanwhile, the British champion says he will eventually get both of the Klitschkos, but will only fight them when "he is ready."

'The Hayemaker,' who has surprised boxing fans by repeatedly insulting the Klitschko brothers over the past three years, also said that Vitali's recent brutal beating of Briggs did not impress him at all.

After Saturday's 12-round bout Briggs was hospitalized with facial fractures, a bicep injury and a busted ear.

Haye is scheduled to fight his fellow countryman Audley Harrison (27-4, 20 KOs) on November 13 at the M.E.N. Arena in Manchester.

Source: RIA Novosti