Klitschko manager: Haye asking for a huge guarantee; we won’t be fighting him in May
By Sean McDaniel: It looks like former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye has fouled things up for himself again by asking of too much money for a fight against WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko.
The manager for Vitali, Bernd Boente, had been hoping to set up a fight between Vitali and Haye for May of this year, but with Haye asking for a huge guarantee it’s not going to happen.
Boente told Rianovosti “We will start negotiating with some opponents but it won’t be David Haye…We don’t know how the British pay per view will do because Haye is not a superstar anymore because of his performance with Wladimir [Klitschko]. As of right now, the fight is off.”
Boente went on to say that Haye wanted a “Huge guarantee,” as in a big guaranteed payday. Given that Vitali and his manager Boente can’t accurately gauge what the boxing public’s interest would be in this fight, it makes sense not to agree to Haye’s guarantee payment. Haye could change all that by taking on one or two opponents in succession in March or April and wipe them out in one or two rounds.
If the British fans show interest in these fights, then Haye would be in a good position to get the guarantee he’s asking for. Haye probably wouldn’t even have to take on anyone particularly good. He’d still probably be able to draw fans if he selected a fringe contender from the bottom of the heap or maybe a domestic level heavyweight like Tyson Fury, David Price, or Tom Dallas.
Vitali’s options are fairly limited if he doesn’t get the Haye fight for May. Vitali’s #1 challenger is Chris Arreola, who he already beat by a 10th round stoppage in 2009. There are a couple of names such as Berman Stiverne and Alexander Dimitrenko, but those are fights that would only do well in Germany.
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