David keeps chasing Goliath
David Haye has accused heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko of hiding behind politics to avoid fighting him.
"Vitali shouldn't use parliament as an excuse to run from the biggest and best boxing match," Haye told a German weekly, Sport Bild.
The Briton was referring to Ukraine’s parliamentary elections to be held on October 28.
Vitali, the elder of two boxing brothers, is head of the opposition Udar party. He is on the campaign trail after retaining his WBC title against Germany's Manuel Charr in Moscow on September 8.
Klitschko's manager, Bernd Boente, said recently: "If Vitali gets a role after the elections where he can make a difference, I suppose that would be the end of his boxing career.
"As a friend and manager, that's what I would advise. The fight for democracy and against corruption is more important than a fight against David Haye."
Klitschko, 41, has won 45 of his 47 professional fights and has previously talked about retiring, without stipulating a date.
Haye, who is ten years younger than the Ukrainian, lost the WBA title in July last year when Wladimir Klitschko beat him on points. It was only the second defeat of his career.
He has also mentioned hanging up his gloves but got back into the ring on July 14, beating compatriot Dereck Chisora in London.
Haye said earlier this week he would apply for a British boxing licence to secure a title fight with Vitali Klitschko.
He used a licence from the Luxembourg Boxing Federation when he fought Chisora. But he has given up that licence and wants to fight Klitschko under the auspices of the British Boxing Board of Control.
"This is the only fight that interests me … the WBC heavyweight title is the one belt I'm desperate to win before I retire for good," Haye said.