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De La Hoya eager to put together Haye vs. Wladimir bout

David Haye Wladimir KlitschkoBy Jason Kim: In the latest boxing news, Oscar De La Hoya, of Golden Boy Promotions, wants to put together a blockbuster fight between his fighter WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (25-1, 23 KO’s) and IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KO’s) as soon as possible. Wladimir, 34, is currently injured having pulled out of his fight with Dereck Chisora scheduled for Saturday.


De La Hoya and GBP CEO Richard Schaefer are ready to jump on the opportunity left open with Wladimir canceling the fight by matching him up against Haye next in what would be a huge pay-per-view bout and a real shot in the arm for boxing. However, before they do this, they’ll have to convince Chisora and his promoter Frank Warren to accept a step aside payment. Chisora is saying he won’t step aside to let Wladimir fight Haye first, but perhaps he may change his mind if enough money is waived in front of him.

De La Hoya told Sky Sports News HD, “A fight like that [Haye-Klitschko] is a fight that has to be made and that’s the fight that the fans want all over the world. David Haye is not scared of anybody. He knows how to play the game, he knows how to build a fight. We know he has the talent to beat a Klitschko or Klitschkos. If he’s in great shape and pulls the perfect game plan in front of him, we know he can do that. He knows how to build a big event and that’s what boxing needs right now. You put Klitschko and David Haye in the same ring, you have a massive event for the sport of boxing.”

De La Hoya is so right. A bout between Wladimir and Haye or Vitali Klitschko, Wladimir’s brother, and Haye, is a dynamite fight. Haye says he wants to fight Wladimir next, so this is the perfect time as long as they can convince Warren and Chisora to step aside while the Haye-Klitschko fight happens. Haye says he wants to fight Wladimir at Wembley Stadium during the summer months, if possible. The Wembley Stadium seats 90,000 fans, and that would be a huge number if that many fans would show up for the fight. If not, then it will likely need to take place in Germany where Wladimir and his brother routinely fight in front of huge crowds of 50,000+.


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