Vitali Klitschko gives David Haye a warning: Wladimir will knock him out and end his career
By Chris Williams: WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37 KO’s) thinks his younger brother IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (54-3, 48 KO’s) will knock out and retire WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (24-1, 22 KO’s) if the British fighter steps in the ring with Wladimir at some point in 2010. Right now, few people know whether Haye will step up to the challenge of taking on Wladimir, despite constantly taunting him and calling him out in the media for the past two years. Haye has backed out of fights against both Klitschko brothers, for one reason or another, in the past year, and this is why it’s hard to tell if he’ll agree to fight Wladimir this time.
Currently, Golden Boy Promotions, Haye’s American promoters, are trying to negotiate a fight with Wladimir for possibly November. Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer thinks he can put together a fight between Haye and Wladimir and says that they both want the fight to happen. Wladimir clearly does and has called Haye out publically with a video he sent out to a number of websites a month ago. Haye, however, isn’t in a hurry to fight Wladimir after having gotten a good payday in his first title defense against 38-year-old John Ruiz.
Haye defeated Ruiz by a 9th round stoppage and wasn’t hit all that much in the fight. Haye still wants to rest after this fight and spend time with his family, so a fight between him and Wladimir, if it does happen, won’t likely take place until later this year. This means that Wladimir will have to go ahead and fight his IBF mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin to keep busy while he waits on Haye to see if he’ll take the fight. It’s a bizarre situation because Haye has been calling Wladimir out for ages, saying he hasn’t fought anyone good, and yet Haye isn’t acting with any sense o urgency now that he’s staring at the fight.
Haye has done a great job of getting fights against Nikolay Valuev and now a possible fight against Wladimir from little more than talking.
Haye had done nothing up until his fight with Valuev at heavyweight other than beating journeyman Monte Barrett. Haye looked terrible in the Valuev fight and won a 12 round majority decision in a fight that many people saw as a draw. Haye then beat 38-year-old Ruiz, who looked totally shot. Now Haye isn’t seeming eager to fight Wladimir. His trainer/manager Adam Booth is talking about wanting a 50-50 deal in the revenue cut and that could be a problem in putting his fight together.