David Haye expected to make his decision on Vitali Klitschko fight soon
By Sean McDaniel: Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (25-2, 23 KO’s) and his trainer/manager Adam Booth are expected to make an announcement soon in regards to whether or not they’ll be accepting the offer made to them by WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and his management for a fight that could take place next year in March 2012 in Dusseldorf, Germany.
Haye, 31, received a 50-50 deal in his last fight against IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko despite having fought only a handful of times at heavyweight, mostly against older fighters in the 38-year-old range. Wladimir still gave him the 50-50 deal and Haye fought poorly, losing by a lopsided 12 round unanimous decision.
Haye understands he doesn’t deserve a 50-50 deal this time around with Vitali, but he still wants to get a good cut. Vitali may have to give him at least a 40-60 deal in order for this fight to transpire, because Haye likely won’t go for a smaller percentage because he arguably has much better promotional skills than Vitali. There are few fighters that are as good as hyping a fight as Haye when he’s got his mind into a fight.
The Haye-Vitali fight hasn’t thus far excited the boxing public unfortunately. Few fans are looking forward to it, and mostly see it as a similar type of mismatch as Haye’s last fight against Wladimir. What Haye needed to do was pick up a comeback win over another old lion in the sport and use that to convince boxing fans that he’s learned from his last defeat.
But Haye has no interest in taking a tune-up, and only wants the Klitschkos and the big money fights. As such, he’ll likely lose a lot of money by not doing that because his cut won’t be as big and the pay per view numbers will likely suffer in the UK for this fight.