Boxing News Round-Up: Vitali Klitschko, Carl Froch, Sergio Martinez, Saul Alvarez and More

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Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye has conceded that he is now unlikely to fight Vitali Klitschko.

Haye battles domestic rival Dereck Chisora at West Ham’s Upton Park next month and despite often promising a battle with the elder Klitschko brother, his hopes appear to have been dashed by Vitali’s intention to fight Tony Thompson in September.

Many forecast it to be the 40-year-old’s final fight before hanging up his gloves and entering politics.

Haye told the Daily Star: “”There’s a reason for him choosing this opponent because they know Vitali will knock him out, look good and get a nice win before going into politics. This one will be a KO and it won’t be like his last one with Chisora, which was a tough one for Vitali. Whether he’s happy with that I don’t know but he won’t have had the big fight he wanted.”

Carl Froch is keen to face Danish boxing royalty Mikkel Kessler as the Nottingham-born fighter seeks to book a first defence of his newly acquired IBF super-middleweight title.

Froch (29-2) secured his third world title at 168 pounds with a brutal stoppage of previously undefeated Lucian Bute last month and ‘The Cobra’ believes an autumn rematch of their 2010 slugfest should be on the cards.

Julio Cesar Chavez Jr will face a stern test of his unbeaten record when he faces Argentine tour de force Sergio Martinez in September.

Chavez secured a 46th victory of his career with a seventh round stoppage of Irishman Andy Lee on Saturday night as the Mexican retained his WBC middleweight title.

The HBO pay-per-view offering between the South American pair will be in direct competition with Saul Alvarez‘s WBC light middleweight fight with Victor Ortiz which will be screened by Showtime.

Martinez’s last fight came in March when he forced Britain’s Matthew Macklin into an eleventh round retirement.

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