David Haye vs Wladimir Klitschko boxing fight on 02 July | David Haye vs Wladimir Klitschko
David Haye vs Wladimir Klitschko boxing fight on 02 July: David Haye has again stirred rumours that he and Wladimir Klitschko may finally have agreed terms for the biggest fight in boxing –a bout for their three world heavyweight title belts on 2 July. Haye, an enthusiastic tweeter, stirred the latest speculation with a message of trademark grossness: “Does some well overdue Klit licking potentially being on the horizon be something you may be interested in…. ???” That followed an earlier message: “Things them are brewing…….” Adam Booth, Haye’s trainer and manager, did not return calls.
Haye vs Klitschko boxing fight
David Haye vs Wladimir Klitschko boxing fight
Klitschko is due to defend his IBF and WBO titles against the Londoner Dereck Chisora in Mannheim on 30 April, a fight already postponed once because of the champion’s injury problems. If the Germany-based Ukrainian were to come through that with a win and no injuries, he would have only eight weeks to prepare for and promote the long-anticipated showdown with the WBA champion Haye on 2 July. That is the only date available after Frank Warren took up the option of a 21 May show on Sky. Haye earlier turned down a fight with Klitschko on that date.
Wherever and whenever it happens, Haye against Klitschko could generate upwards of £50m. Haye would like it in London, Klitschko would opt for Germany, where he and his brother Vitali attract crowds of up to 70,000, and Haye’s American partners, Golden Boy, would prefer Las Vegas, where casino money boosts the take.
There were suggestions in the industry that Klitschko may again pull out of the Chisora fight to accommodate Haye but, as Warren, Chisora’s promoter, said : “He’s got to beat my man first. It’s contracted. That [a second postponement] is not going to happen.”
Warren observes that Haye has to fight Klitschko, though, because “the bottom line is people aren’t going to accept anything less than that.” Ruslan Chagaev, the solid Uzbeki who is Haye’s mandatory challenger, certainly qualifies as “less than that”. He also has yet to convince the British Boxing Board of Control that he is fit to fight in the UK because of his chronic problem with hepatitis B.
Klitschko has one fight left in a nine-bout deal with the German broadcaster RTL and appears to have calculated that a “soft” defence against the 14-fight novice Chisora would be an ideal way to honour that agreement before taking on Haye.
Haye, who has a TV deal with RTL’s German rival ARD, initially turned down Klitschko’s offer on the grounds that Klitschko would struggle to be ready in time to fight after his Chisora defence. He agreed to all demands in subsequent talks, but Klitschko went for a Chisora fight instead.
Myriad contractual problems have hampered their acrimonious discussions over the past two years. The biggest has been Klitschko’s contract with RTL and Haye’s with ARD. Only if that conundrum is near resolution would Haye’s upbeat assessment be justified.