Haye: I was all talk
David Haye told Sky Sports News HD he had failed to back up his big pre-fight boasts after losing to Wladimir Klitschko.
Last Updated: 08/07/11 2:15pm
David Haye conceded he had failed to back up his big pre-fight boasts after surrendering his WBA heavyweight title to Wladimir Klitschko in Hamburg on Saturday.
Klitschko dominated the 12 rounds to earn a unanimous decision and add Haye's belt to the IBF and WBO straps he already owned.
Haye was hampered by a broken little toe suffered in training three weeks before the fight but said the physical pain was small in comparison to the mental side of defeat.
"It is my ego and pride that is hurting more than anything else," Haye said when he dropped into the Sky Sports News HD studio on Monday.
"You can live with the physical pain but it is the emotional pain that cuts deepest.
"You know what I'm like before the fight, I give it all the big mouth.
"I talk the talk and normally I walk the walk. On Saturday night I didn't walk the walk and I'm gutted about that.
"I feel like I've let a lot of people down. I feel like I've let myself, family, everybody down."
Haye felt his broken toe was not the decisive factor in his defeat.
"It's not an excuse for the result of the fight," he said. "The result happened because he landed more punches than I did, the judges saw it that way and he won the fight on points.
"I do believe I wasn't at my best and, had I not injured myself, I may have been able to spring a little faster.
"Maybe I'd have been able to close the range. There were shots that I could see that I usually land that I wasn't able to.
"Whether it (the broken toe) made a difference or not? I don't know. Maybe it did, maybe it didn't. Who knows? We'll never know. The only way to find out is to fight him again with it healed. That's a long shot."
The Klitschko camp have already played down the idea of a rematch but Haye is keen to avenge only the second loss of his 27-fight professional career - and would even be willing to change his long-held plan to retire on his 31st birthday.
"I've said it since I'm 10. I want to retire when I cease being 30 - and I cease being 30 on October 13," he noted.
"I've said it throughout my whole career but now it's round the corner, just over three months away.
"I'm hoping they (Klitschko camp) have a change of heart. They have had a change of heart in the past in negotiations.
"They said this fight would never happen under the terms that we actually fought under.
"The fight happened. The reason why? Because it made money. In boxing they say: 'if it makes dollars it makes sense'.
"If Wladimir knows he can generate more by fighting me than anyone else, fingers crossed he comes back."
Asked about a rematch with Klitschko beyond his 31st birthday, Haye added: "I'd have to seriously consider it. I'm just hoping if there is a date that pops up, it is before October 13.
"But beggars can't be choosers. In an ideal world it would be before then and I can stick to it (retirement plan) but if it is after then... I've made a lot of promises that I've broken but, then again, I made a lot of promises before this fight and didn't produce the goods.
"I'd love the opportunity to challenge Wladimir again for his titles that he rightly deserves to have.
"As the challenger, given the opportunity again, I'm pretty sure I could do things differently."