Sky Sports rejects Vitali Klitschko – David Haye PPV fight
By John F. McKenna (McJack): It was reported in The Telegraph on Friday that Sky Sports has rejected a Pay Per View (PPV) title fight between World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (44-2, 40 KO’s) and former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (25-2, 23 KO’s). Klitschko manager Bernd Boente approached Sky executives to discuss the possibility of Klitschko and Haye fighting on PPV sometime in June.
Reportedly the head of Sky Sport Barney Francis was lukewarm to the idea of the fight going ahead as a PPV event.
The “Hayemaker” last fought in July of 2011 against WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO and The Ring heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (57-3, 50 KO’s). Haye lost a one sided unanimous decision in that fight, and was not the least bit impressive. Haye retired on October 13 upon reaching his 31st birthday as he had long promised. David however left the door open for a possible return against one of the Klitschko brothers. When it became evident that Wladimir had no interest in granting Haye a rematch, the “Hayemaker” settled on the idea of coming out of retirement to fight Vitali.
Vitali, who is 40 years old, expressed an interest in fighting Haye immediately after he lost the fight in July to Wladimir. “Dr. Ironfist” has some unfinished business with Haye as he was not amused by some of his antics in the lead up to the big heavyweight fight with his brother in July. Vitali feels that David went over the top in some of his comments prior to the fight with Wladimir and further feels that Haye disrespected the Klitschko family.
Vitali has said on numerous occasions that he wants to fight Haye so that he can knock him out. Klitschko has also stated that the two fighters he would most like to fight are Haye and former undisputed heavyweight champion Lennox Lewis. Lewis appears only too willing to give the “Hayemaker” his advice on how to beat Vitali.
There are some boxing pundits who feel that Haye, because of his speed, would have a decent chance of defeating the larger, slower “Dr. Ironfist”. In his last fight Vitali, although hampered by an injured left shoulder, won a unanimous 12 round decision against challenger Dereck Chisora (15-3, 9 KO’s).
That fight was marred by the brawl to end all brawls immediately following the fight. Dereck Chisora and his entourage went after Daivd Haye at a post fight press conference at which time the brawl erupted. Chisora was suspended for an unspecified amount of time by the British Boxing Board of Control for his participation in the brawl. Haye was not suspended as he is currently retired although his defense will surely be that he was defending himself from Chisora and his entourage.
It is highly likely that the strong willed Vitali Klitschko will get his wish to fight David Haye in the ring, probably sooner rather than later.
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