David Haye's hopes of facing Vitali Klitschko appear remote after the Ukrainian's manager declared the heavyweight superfight will probably never happen.
Haye repeated his desire to meet Klitschko after disposing of Dereck Chisora in five action-packed rounds at Upton Park on Saturday night.
But WBC world heavyweight champion Klitschko is likely to enter politics after clashing with Manuel Charr in Moscow on 8 September.
"We offered Haye the fight in September but he chose to fight Chisora instead because that was easier for him," said Bernd Boente, Klitschko's manager.
"David probably turned Vitali down because he got more money against Chisora, who is by far the easier opponent.
"We had a contract ready for Haye, had booked an arena, but he turned us down for a second time - the first time he chose to face Nikolay Valuev instead.
"After fighting Manuel Charr, Vitali goes on the campaign trail for parliamentary election in the Ukraine. He's the leader for the opposition, UDAR.
"Should he be elected on 28 October then he will probably stop boxing. For him politics is the future - he wants to fight for democracy.
"But even if he's elected, maybe he'll want to have a farewell fight.
"At the moment David Haye means nothing to us and Vitali is definitely not afraid of fighting him."
Haye fears his explosive demolition of Chisora was "too good", convincing Klitschko that he should be avoided.
"Vitali doesn't want to fight me. Look what I did against Chisora and look what he did against him," Haye said.
"Why would a 40-year-old man fight someone as young, fresh and powerful as me? It doesn't make sense.
"Vitali's a politician and he'll find a way to get out of the fight.
"If you were one of his advisors, someone who has invested millions in him to become mayor of Kiev, would you tell him to fight me?
"I know what I'd do if I was one of his advisors because I'm a very dangerous fighter, someone who's proved his punching power against someone who pushed him to the wire."