By Ciaran McCauley
The former undisputed cruiserweight champion from Southwark now aims to prove himself as heavyweight, publicly targeting either Vitaly or Wladimir Klitschko, who hold the WBO/WBC and IBF belts between them.
When asked after Saturday’s win which of the brothers he’d rather face, Haye was indifferent: “I don’t mind if it is Wladimir or Vitali. They are the best in the world. It will be a huge fight, so let’s make it happen.”
Although Haye was initially predicted to challenge 32-year-old Wladimir for the IBF,WBO, and IBO titles, older brother Vitali has now emerged as the favourite for a title fight.
Vitali, who watched Haye’s fight on Saturday, admitted he was impressed. “Last night I saw a new heavyweight fighter who can fight for the world title,” he said.
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However the Ukranian believes Haye needs more heavyweight fights before he can take the title. Former champions Sultan Ibragimov and Samuel Peter have emerged as potential opponents.
Stamford Bridge has been touted as a surprise contender to host the potential title fight.
Chelsea FC’s ground has a capacity of 42,055, more than double that of the o2 Arena, which hosted last weekend’s fight. Though talk of a title fight is speculative, a club spokesman said: “It would be an honour to stage a global event such as this.”