David Haye's heavyweight title bid under threat as opponents run scared

David Haye's bid to line up a shot at world champion Wladimir Klitschko is being hampered by a struggle to find his first heavyweight opponent.

The 27-year-old Londoner recently gave up his cruiserweight world titles to join the heavyweight ranks.

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He called a news conference on Tuesday to announce J.D. Chapman as his first opponent, only to find out the unbeaten American had turned down the Nov. 15 fight at the 02 Arena.

"He's a big guy who comes to brawl and has never lost. But I guess he looked at me and didn't fancy it. It's pretty frustrating," said Haye, who has signed with Oscar De La Hoya's Golden Boy Promotions.

"He hasn't had any big-name opponents who you would recognize. But he's never lost, never been put down and he's strong so I thought he would be the ideal opponent for an exciting fight. He's the same size as Klitschko and I wanted people to get the taste of what I can do to a big heavyweight."

Haye, who knocked out Enzo Maccarinelli in the second round of his last contest as a cruiserweight in March, hopes Chapman will change his mind and show up for the fight.

"Boxing's a sport for warriors and, fingers crossed, he'll still be here," he said. "I know he won't want it hanging over his head that he pulled out against a cruiserweight.".

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