Haye: I’ll fight Vitali if they give me what I deserve
By William Mackay: In the latest boxing news, former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (25-2, 23 KO’s) says he’s in talks with WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko for a fight that will, if the two fighters can come to an agreement, talk place in March of next year.
However, Haye wants to be paid well for the fight but doesn’t expect to get the same 50-50 cut as he did last time when he was soundly beaten by IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko last July.
Haye told the BBC Sports’ Hardtalk “I haven’t seen a contract but talks are going on. I said before I retired I would love that fight and there’s a date in March that’s already been talked about. Whether it happens or not, I don’t know. The last bout was a 50-50. This time I don’t deserve that. I don’t have a title, but what I do bring is excitement and I bring value, but I don’t believe it’s 50-50. If they give me what I believe I deserve and if the date for the TV networks all comes together, then it would be something I would seriously consider.”
While Haye may not be asking for a 50-50 deal, you can bet he wants something close to that. I’m not sure if Haye is even worth a 30-70 deal at this point because he probably won’t be able to attract the boxing fans like he did last time for the Wladimir fight because of how awful Haye fought.
He’s been totally exposed and you can’t count on a ton of boxing fans wanting to pay to see him get beat by the 40-year-old Vitali. If Haye were to take a two or three fights and knock off some top names in the heavyweight division like Robert Helenius, Eddie Chambers, Tomasz Adamek and Chris Arreola, I could see a Haye-Vitali fight being a fairly big affair.
Haye could probably even ask for a 50-50 deal. But to go from getting whipped by Wladimir straight into a fight with Vitali is frankly stupid. Haye’s not being smart by knocking off a few names in order to maximize his payday against Vitali. The way Haye is doing it, he seems like he’s just trying to cash out before he retires for good, and boxing fans seem to understand what he’s doing.
Based on how badly Haye stunk up the joint last time he fought against Wladimir, I think Haye is worth getting a 25/75 split. No one believes in him and the Vitali vs. Haye fight is seen much in the same light as the Wladimir vs. Jean Marc Mormeck, a fight between a super heavyweight and a blown up former cruiserweight champion. The best I can see Haye getting is 25% and that’s being generous. When you get spanked as bad as Haye did and you do nothing to try and redeem yourself by beating two or three good fighters following that loss, then all you deserve is a 25% or less deal as far as I’m concerned. No one wants this fight other than fans who want to see Haye get put out of his misery. It’s not a fight seen as a competitive one and the only real betting you can figure that would be going on for this fight is whether or not Vitali will KO Haye and in which rounds.
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