Klitschko manager rules out U.S for Klitschko-Haye
By Eric Thomas: Bernd Boete, the manager for IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KO’), has ruled out a fight between Wladimir and World Boxing Association (WBA) heavyweight champion David Haye (25-1, 23 KO’s) taking place in the United States.
Previously, Oscar De La Hoya of Golden Boy Promotions had been talking about how it would be good if the Haye-Klitschko fight takes place in Las Vegas, Nevada. However, it doesn’t look like it’s going to happen in the U.S according to Boente. He wants the fight to take place in London, England or Germany.
In an article at thesun.co.uk, Boente said “It can be in London or Dusseldorf [Germany] or the Schalke stadium in Gelsenkirchen [Germany].”
This may be good for Klitschko and Boente, but it could make it difficult for the fight to be shown in the United States because of the different times. It will be difficult for the fight to be shown live in the U.S because it would mean that it would have to be shown earlier in the day on a Saturday, and that’s not prime time.
If Wladimir and Haye want the fight to take place in the biggest venue, it will have to take place at the 90,000 seat Wembley stadium in London. It would be a real test of Haye’s popularity if he can sell out that stadium, because if he can’t, it’s going to be a real disappointment. Wladimir can easily sell out one of the 50,000 seat football stadiums in Germany, so Haye is going to have to be sure that they can sell out the Wembley stadium for a fight to take place there.
Haye says “All parties want it [the fight]. It’s about trying to reach a deal that everyone’s happy with.”
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