Wladimir says he can’t take Haye serious, doubts he would show up for a fight
By Sean McDaniel: With his inability to land a unification bout against WBA heavyweight champion David Haye, IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 KO’s) has to settle for fighting undefeated Brit Dereck Chisora (14-0, 9 KO’s) this Saturday night in Germany in what amounts to be a stay busy fight. Wladimir and his brother would like to fight Haye for the payday and to punish him for his constant name dropping of their names for the past two years, but Wladimir is skeptical that the fight can happen.
Speaking to the guardian.co.uk, Wladimir said this about Haye “I can’t take this guy seriously. He might never show up. We can’t even rely on a signed contract with Haye. Yes, I do want to fight Haye and it would be very personal. But, right now, I’m more focused on Chisora because he is much more dangerous than Haye.”
Wladimir could be selling Haye short, because he does look more dangerous than Chisora because of his better hand speed, power and his tendency to open up with power shots when in close. On the outside, Haye would have little chance against Wladimir or his brother Vitali. But Haye would have a shot if one of the Klitschko brothers missed with one of their punches and left him able to counter. Also, Haye would have a great chance at beating either of them if he could get inside close enough to land shots.
Since Wladimir likes to clinch a lot more than Vitali, Haye would have a better chance against Wladimir to land his shots. Also, Wladimir has the weaker chin than Vitali, and that would be another thing going for Haye. Adam Booth, the manager/trainer for Haye, says that Wladimir is the one that they would like to try arrange a fight with starting on December 12th, the day after Wladimir’s fight against Chisora.
Wladimir added this in the Guardian article, “He [Haye] needs us more than we need him. He can’t fight in the U.S. because Golden Boy [Promotions] will be on his neck. He can’t fight in Germany because Kalle Sauerland will be on his back. So he is sitting alone in London, trying to be smart but little by little, he’s putting himself in a corner. It’s enjoyable to see. The man lies a lot. He and his manager [Booth] are trying to be super smart but their options are running out.”
As we’ve seen on Haye’s fights against John Ruiz and Audley Harrison, he really doesn’t need a big-named opponent for him to make huge money on pay-per-view in the UK. While certainly Haye didn’t do himself any favors by choosing the 39-year-old Harrison for his last opponent because of how Harrison ended up making him look bad by throwing only one punch in the three rounds of the fight, but the British public has a short memory. They’ll back him no matter who he faces.
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