Haye back in training, fight with Vitali could be announced in December
By William Mackay: Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (25-1, 23 KO’s) is reportedly back in training for a fight against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 40 KO’s) in March 2012. According to new from the telegraph.co.uk, the Haye-Klitschko fight could officially be announced next month in December in a fight that possibly will take place in Dusseldorf, Germany.
This is a fight that the 40-year-old Vitali wants, as he wants to improve upon the performance made by his younger brother IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in his lopsided 12 round decision win over Haye last July. Vitali wants to shut Haye up by knocking him out and sending him into a permanent retirement. But at the same time, Vitali obviously wants to get the big payday that would go with a Haye fight.
Despite being one of the two best fighters in the heavyweight division, a big mega fight has eluded Vitali during this time. The closest thing he’s come to getting a mega fight was his bout recently against former light heavyweight/cruiserweight champion Tomasz Adamek in Poland. That wasn’t much of a fight with Vitali easily beating Adamek in a 10th round TKO.
Haye hung up the gloves after turning 31 last month but few people saw it as a permanent thing. It was more of a rest break for Haye, who after getting a big money fight against Wladimir, no longer seems interested in facing anyone other than a Klitschko. Unfortunately, Haye did a really poor job against Wladimir by fighting a safety first fight in surviving 12 rounds without taking chances. For this reason he’s going to have to work doubly hard to promote the Vitali-Haye fight by giving a lot of interviews and saying things that will convince fans that he’ll be able to do better against Vitali compared to how he fought against Wladimir.
In fairness to Haye, he could give Vitali problems with his speed. Vitali is more of a stationary fighter compared to Wladimir and is someone that Haye would have a better chance against. Wladimir was much too athletic and fast on his feet to be troubled by Haye’s circling and in and out attacks. But Vitali could struggle if he’s not quick enough to adjust to Haye’s speed.