Haye says he’ll fight the Klitschkos in 2011, but complains about “Slave contracts”
by Dan Ambrose: For boxing fans hoping to see World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champion David Haye (24-1, 22 KO’s) facing one of the Klitschko brotthers in the near future, they got some good news from an interview by Haye in the German daily Bild.de. In an interview, Haye said “The fight [Haye vs. Klitschko] will take place in 2011 and it doesn’t bother me which brother I will face.” Haye, 30, has received a great deal of pressure and criticism from boxing fans who had expected Haye to have fought at least one of the Klitschko brothers by now.
Haye came into the heavyweight division name dropping the Klitschko brothers constantly, and Haye became recognized by that alone rather than his achievements in the division. By mentioning the Klitschkos frequently, Haye become a minor celebrity around the world outside of the UK. However, when Haye failed to move forward with his promises to beat both of the Klitschko brothers and unify the heavyweight titles, boxing fans turned on him and started seeing him as a fighter that lacks courage and only talks. Instead of fighting the Klitschko brothers this Saturday night, Haye has picked out 39-year-old number 14 ranked contender Audley Harrison to fight. This hasn’t helped Haye quiet his critics, to be sure, who seem him as milking his heavyweight title to avoid getting beaten.
Haye had the opportunity to fight both of the Klitschkos in the past, but either pulled out of the fight complaining of a mysterious back injury or wasn’t happy with the fight contract. Haye especially doesn’t like the idea of him having to fight both brothers should he beat one of them. The Klitschkos are obviously covering themselves to ensure that Haye doesn’t escape with their titles in case he gets a lucky knockout punch in. However, it’s to Haye’s benefit if he did end up facing both of them in consecutive fights. Haye will make more money in those fights than he will against any one else, and Haye has said over and over again that he wants to beat both of the Klitschko brothers and unify the titles. Why would Haye complain about something he’s been boasting about, unless Haye was just blowing hot air and never intended on backing up his boasts.
Haye, speaking about the contracts with the Klitschko brothers, said “They are contracts of slavery. They want to own you. If I was to win, I would have to give them the chance of a rematch twice. What the Klitschko brothers say and what is stated in those contracts are two different things.”
Again, the question is, why is Haye not interested in fighting both brothers when he’s said repeatedly that he wants to fight them both and unify the titles by the time he turns 31 next year in October. Wouldn’t it be more beneficial for Haye to immediately fight the other brother if he can beat one of them? After all, October 2011 will be here before he knows it, and it would be better for Haye to fight another Klitschko immediately so as to fit into Haye’s retirement time line that he’s set for himself. Of course, if Haye never intended on fighting both of them, then it’s understandable his reluctance to want to fight both.