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Will the Haye vs Klitschko fight go ahead?
Glamour heavyweight bout looks to be dead and buried
Posted Jan 20, 2011 by Jeff Dawson
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So we all thought it was going to happen – David Haye and Wladimir Klitschko were meant to step into the ring and bring some much needed positivity and glamour to the heavyweight boxing division.
But it looks as though the fight is off. Klitschko is now fighting Dereck Chisora as was scheduled for the end of last year and Haye feels the Ukranian won’t be able to fight Chisora at the end of April and then the WBA champion in July as has been suggested.
So who is ducking whom? From what we’re led to believe Haye has done everything he possibly can to make this fight, the one the world wants to see, happen. The press has reported that he has bowed to all the IBF, IBO and WBO champion’s demands and now he considers the fight off.
Whereas Wladimir, who is also planning on fighting Tomasz Adamek in September is adamant the fight will go ahead as planned.
Haye has stated: “A bout with me is the most lucrative, meaningful and dangerous fight Wladimir ever had, not some throwaway tune-up. Wladimir won’t fight anydoby nine weeks after Chisora, let alone me.”
But Klitschko has countered: “I don’t take David Haye as a super-special fight. I’m always in shape anyway. He could give Chagaev step-aside money and then I’m going to be there with nobody to fight. Because of our history before, I would fight him on 2 July and we would work on the contract, but I would fight Chisora first. There have been a lot of lies from David Haye and (trainer) Adam Booth. We found a date, 2 July, to fight him, but I don’t trust these guys anymore.”
I honestly don’t know which side is lying but the one thing we have to remember is that professional boxing is a business and nothing else. These guys put there lives on the line every time they step into the ring and they want to make as much money as fast as they can and that is exactly what is going on here.
No-one in their right mind would have advised Haye to fight either Klitschko before he secured a world title and no-one would advise him to fight either of them before he has made the belt work for him financially. The Audley Harrison fight was just that. Business.
The Klitschkos have already made their money and Haye is busy making his now so maybe both parties are telling their truth. Financially for Haye, these fights will make him whereas the Klitschkos needn’t worry about that side of things.
Finally, Wladimir is a little naïve in my opinion not to be able to see the negative impact that fighting Chisora will have on the promotion of a potential mega-fight with Haye only two months later. I can’t understand why the Haye fight isn’t his priority as he has much less to gain in fighting Chisora beforehand than not fighting him at all. Klitschko is showing a lack of ambition by not fighting Haye.
And if that fight doesn’t happen, it leaves Haye versus mandatory challenger Ruslan Chagaev – a potentially dangerous fight for the current champion.