Klitschko’s manager says the Haye fight can get made if he agrees to a 50-50 deal
By Scott Gilfoid: Don’t count on a fight between WBA heavyweight champion David Haye and the Klitschko brothers ever getting made in this lifetime. It won’t happen, and not because of the Klitschko brothers. It won’t get made because Haye doesn’t want to agree to a true 50-50 deal with his British pay-per-view television money thrown into the pot for a fight against one of the Klitschko brothers. Because of that, there never will be a fight between them.
Bernd Bonte, the manager for the Klitschkos, said this to the BBC: “Wladimir challenged him [Haye] at a press conference three weeks ago. I think Haye is always looking for an excuse, I’m not sure he thinks he can beat one of the Klitschkos. We want everything in one pot, with a 50-50 split. He wants to keep the English TV rights and we keep the German rights. But that would make it 70/30 for Haye because in Germany we have no pay-per-view TV service. We would like to do the fight, but as long as we have a 50-50 split and no options or rematches. He has one of the belts, the brothers have the others – it would be a massive fight, one of the biggest in boxing. We want the biggest money in the pot, and if it comes from sold out Wembley Stadium then we fight there. If it’s Germany or Abu Dabi or Dubai then we’d fight there. It has to be prime time European TV, but that can be done. This would be the best fight you can do in boxing – even bigger than Pacquiao-Mayweather. If we get it all 50-50, we can make the deal next week. We are ready to go.”
Bonte might as well forget about it, because Haye isn’t going to split his British television money, not for a second and without his television money, it’s a fight in which Haye, a fighter with limited experience and only one title, will end up making more money that Wladimir for the fight. What good is that? I wouldn’t agree to fight Haye under those terms either. If he’s going to make more money on the fight and is unwilling to split the television revenue 50-50, then there can’t be any deal. Haye can talk about how he has a deadline to retire next year to try and pressure the Klitschkos, but unless he changes his tune about the television money, the fight won’t get made.
Adam Booth, the manager/trainer for Haye, said “They’ve got my phone number and all they’ve got to do is swallow a bit of humble pie and I’ll talk to them. Everyone seems really worried it’s not going to happen – it’s going o happen.”
No, it won’t happen, not with Haye making more money of the fight than Wladimir. If Wladimir agrees to let Haye keep his television money, Haye will make as much as $40 million for the fight, whereas Wladimir will make considerably less. Part of the fight agreement will indeed be 50-50, but not where it counts. There won’t be a fight until Haye is willing to throw all the money into the body and let them fight for it.