Klitschko brothers: Haye can choose

Updated: December 26, 2010, 8:50 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

BERLIN -- A German newspaper is reporting the Klitschko brothers have promised to fight David Haye in 2011 and are offering the British heavyweight a choice of which sibling to challenge.

A back injury forced Haye, the WBA champion, to withdraw from a fight with Wladimir Klitschko in 2009. Before retiring next October, he wants to fight both Wladimir -- who holds the IBF and WBO belts -- and older brother Vitali, who is the WBC champion.

On its website, German daily Bild quotes the Klitschkos as saying: "We promise there will be a fight against Haye in 2011."

The Ukrainians' statement adds that "he can choose which of us he wants to step into the ring against to lose his world title."

Last week, Haye's camp offered Wladimir Klitschko a 50-50 split of the earnings in order to secure a heavyweight unification fight.

Wladimir Klitschko was scheduled to defend his title against Britain's Dereck Chisora in Germany on Dec. 11, but withdrew three days before the fight after tearing a stomach muscle.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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