Originally Posted by HoldMyBeer
why do you consider haye the top contender considering his HW achievements are brief and luke-warm?
and in that case, do you consider lewis' retirement a duck of vitali?
Haye is the fight the fans in general want Vitali to face next. Hence why I would regard him as a top contender. While he has been inactive he did beat Chisora who in his fight with Vitali was actually competitive something we haven't see anyone do since Sanders.
No Lewis didn't duck Vitali. He was in a similar situation to Vitali now. He was past his best and had to either retire or face Vitali. Had Lewis continued fighting and not faced Vitali, then that would have been a blatant duck.
Personally I would like to see Vitali fight Haye. Even though he is past his best he is still too good for Haye. I see Haye having the odd moment early on but he eventually grinds down Haye and stop him.