Haye wants the Klitschko fight in London – News
By William Mackay: World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champion David Haye (25-1, 23 KO’s) wants no part of fighting Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko in Germany. Instead, Haye, 30, wants to fight one of the Klitschko brothers in London, England. This could be a big problem in making the fight happen, because Haye isn’t calling the shots and if he’s unwilling to fight anywhere else but London, it could make this fight unlikely ever to happen.
Although the Klitschko brothers are open to fighting in England if it means the most money compared to other venues, they’re not willing to fight there if there’s better money that can be made elsewhere. There’s probably only two real locations where this fight would be huge and that’s in Germany or England, but the fight should go to the location where the most money will be made.
Speaking to the southlondonpress.com, Haye said “I want the fight in London. I don’t want to go to Germany. I went out to Germany to win my title and i want my defining fight to be on British soil. They’ve had enough fights in Germany. This is my last year in the sport and there is no doubt it is going to be my best year. I want to go and clear out the heavyweight division.”
I don’t the Klitschkos really care about Haye’s threats of retiring. That’s Haye’s issue. But he’s going to have to step back and realize that he’s not negotiating with Audley Harrison or one of his other local fighters. The Klitschko brothers are the best heavyweights in the division, and Haye needs to try and work something out that will be agreeable. Besides this issue, there’s also the problem of the television money that needs to be solved. The Klitschkos won’t fight Haye until he puts his British pay-perv-view money into the pot for this fight. Haye wants to keep 100% of his British PPV money, but the Klitschkos want half of it before they’ll fight him. Unless Haye agrees to that his last year in boxing – if he’s truly serious about retiring next year – will be spent fighting guys like Ruslan Chagaev instead of the Klitschkos. Haye will make a lot less money against Chagaev or anyone else, need less to say.