Originally Posted by Rico Spadafora
Nope. Haye would be fighting the oldest, most uninterested, and fattest version of Vitali. We all learned from the Brits on here it is OK for Vitali to retire and not fight Haye. The guy is 5 years older than Lennox when he retired. Brit logic tells us Vitali can retire. Sorry.
Difference is that old, fat, washed up, un-motivated Lewis actually fought Vitali, and beat him, before hanging up his gloves. Vitali, if he choses to retire, will have done so having never stepped in the ring with Haye despite numerously saying he wants to knock him out.
Lewis owed Vitali nothing. Vitali had put in a brave and valiant showing but he'd failed. Lewis had nothing to prove by fighting a rematch.
Vitali owes Haye nothing but has said many times he wants a fight. Vitali has something to prove against Haye - that he's the better fighter and Haye's a loud-mouthed nobody who was never in his league - and if he walks away without fighting Haye he will lose face in a big way for never having proven it - just as Lewis lost face when he promised Vitali a rematch then retired.