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Klitschko wants Haye
Ball in Briton's court for heavyweight showdown
Posted Nov 25, 2010 by Jeff Dawson
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The comedown from the disappointment of David Haye’s destruction of Audley Harrison appears over, but now there is one question that needs to be answered – what next for the Hayemaker?
It is much publicised that both he and the Klitschko brothers – Vitali and Wladimir – want to fight each other but to date nothing has been set in stone. So will these fights happen?
I think that they will, as long as both fighters in each bout obtain equal terms from the financial side of the deal. This appears to have been the stumbling block since Haye announced himself on the heavyweight stage by taking Nikolai Valuev, the giant, to the cleaners with a disciplined and perfect performance.
He has since followed that up with easy wins over John Ruiz and then Harrison and he is now one of the world’s biggest draws in terms of audience in the boxing world.
This week, Vitali has announced he is ready to fight Haye in the spring of 2011, saying: “Stop talking. I’m ready to sign any time, let’s make the fight happen in springtime. Let’s discuss where we would fight. Let’s fight in the United States. I listened to a great proposal for Madison Square Garden. I’m ready to fight in the US, Germany or Great Britain. Let’s make the contract. Straightaway we are ready to sign the contract – I want to fight David Haye.”
So there we have it. The ball is firmly in Haye’s court and it’s now a question of whether he truly wants these fights or not.
If he wants to leave a legacy and be remembered as a great then he has to beat all before him and the only real contests out there are the Klitschko brothers. Although Haye needs this fight, I believe the Ukrainians need it more as they have been the dominant pair in the heavyweight division since Lennox Lewis called it a day. They haven’t had a real test, not a test like Haye will give them and they need this to define their careers and gain the respect of the pundits and experts out there that have doubted their ability in a division that has been criticised for its lack of talent for some time.
One thing is for sure, if this fight goes ahead in spring, it promises to be a fight that we can all savour and will be a defining moment in the careers of both Haye and Klitschko.