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Rafael not impressed with Haye for not fighting Wladimir Klitschko

By Jim Dower: Dan Rafael of ESPN wasn’t pleased that WBA heavyweight champion David Haye, after months of calling out IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko, still won’t fight him despite reportedly getting the 50-50 offer that he was originally looking for when he went into the negotiations with Klitschko.


Rafael says that Haye wanted to keep all of the British television money for the Klitschko fight, and wanted Klitschko to keep his German television money, and the rest of the money would be 50-50.

However, that’s not what it means to have a 50-50 deal, and it looks as if Haye was trying to put himself in a better situation in the negotiations rather than shooting for a true 50-50 deal. Now Klitschko has moved on and will be fighting Alexander Povetkin on either September 11th or September 18th.


As for Haye, it’s looking as if he’s going to be fighting Audley Harrison next, if the rumors are true. That will would be a huge step down from a fight against Klitschko. However, it is at least a winnable fight for Haye, because Harrison hasn’t done much on the pro level other than beat 2nd tier fighters and win the Prizefighter competition against novice boxers from the UK.

Haye should be at least good enough to beat Harrison as long as he doesn’t run into one of Harrison’s desperate shots.

Haye has come close to fighting both Klitschko brothers now at least three times, but has either backed out or in the case of his failed fight with Wladimir last year, come up with a mysterious back injury weeks before the fight.

Wladimir seems sick of the whole thing and just wants to fight Haye and shut him up for good. But with Haye unable to get in the ring with Wladimir or his bother Vitali Klitscchko it seems like he’s just wasting his time.

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