Haye says nobody is interested in Wladimir vs. Chisora
By William Mackay: WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (24-1, 22 KO’s) says there won’t be a fight between him and IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KO’s) unless Wladimir comes to the bargaining table willing to give in to Haye’s demands.
Haye and Klitschko disagree over the pay-per-view revenue split for the fight, and Haye isn’t willing to give in on this matter, saying in an article at Walesonline.co.uk “Wladimir can’t talk about his fight against Derek Chisora because no one’s interested in it, so he has to talk about me. If he comes to the table and talks sense, then it can happen. If he doesn’t, then it won’t and he can keep fighting the Derek Chisoras of the world. I want it, he wants it, everyone wants it. I would have fought him in this fight if he’d come to the table correctly, but he didn’t because he wants everything on his terms and it’s not going to happen like that.”
Apparently, everything is agreed upon but the PPV split. Haye brings in bigger money from the UK television pay per view compared to what Wladimir gets with his television deal with RTL in Germany. Haye wants to keep his money from the UK PPV, and have Wladimir keep the lesser money he gets from the German television.
The rest of the money would be shared 50-50. Besides that, Haye is still against having a rematch clause in the contract, which seems kind of strange. It would seem logical that Haye should want to fight a rematch with Wladimir if he beats him because that’s where the money would be. Also, it’s almost a given nowadays for title holders to have a rematch clause in their contract with challengers.
With the Klitschko-Chisora fight still more than a month away, there’s been a surprising amount of interest in that fight from both American and British fans. Haye may seem to be underestimating the interest in this fight. Of course, it’s not going to match the interest between him and Audley Harrison, his November 13th opponent, but Harrison is a lot better known than Chisora. Haye-Harrison isn’t all that big of a fight, and not much bigger than Chisora-Klitschko.