London, Sep 19(ANI): British heavyweight boxer David Haye has given back his Luxembourg Boxing Federation (LBF) licence in his pursuit of money-spinning heavyweight title showdown with long-term rival Vitali Klitschko, which could be worth staggering 10 million pounds.
Haye was forced to controversially look for a licence from the LBF in order to secure a permit to fight Dereck Chisora last July, in which he went on to impressively defeat his British foe inside five devastating rounds in front of 30,000 fans at Upton Park.
“‘I’d like to thank the Luxembourg Boxing Federation for licensing me ahead of my July bout with Dereck Chisora in London, but I no longer require that license,” the Daily Mail quoted Haye, as saying.
“It’s been well-publicised already, but the reason I applied for a license from the Luxembourg Boxing Federation was because my opponent, Dereck Chisora, had seen his British license withdrawn,” he added.
“The only way we were able to deliver the fight the public wanted, when they wanted it, was to both apply for foreign licenses, as arranged by Chisora’s promoter,” he said.
Haye added: “My aim is to get Vitali in a ring next year, after his election campaign has failed, and bring his WBC world title back to Britain.”
“This is the only fight that interests me at heavyweight, and the WBC world heavyweight title is the one belt I’m desperate to win before I retire for good,” he said.
“I won the WBC world cruiserweight title in 2007, and have won many other world titles since, but lifting the green WBC belt at heavyweight would be an extremely proud moment for me,” he concluded. (ANI)