Will Haye – Klitschko fight happen?
By John F. McKenna (McJack): Ever since last Saturday night when heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko KO’d the overmatched former cruiserweight champion Jean-Marc Mormeck in four rounds there have been conflicting reports that 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) have agreed to fight.
Almost as soon as the announcement was made by the “Hayemaker”, Klitschko manager Bernd Boente issued a statement denying that a deal had been struck for the pair to fight.
Adding fuel to the fire however is the fact that Vitali also made an announcement similar to Haye’s. Ever since the announcement was made by Haye and Klitschko and Boente’s subsequent denial, there have been rumors circulating both pro and con as to whether such a fight will happen.
Complicating matters is the ongoing investigation by the German police into the brawl between Dereck Chisora, his entourage and David Haye. The German police are no doubt involved in a thorough investigation as to Haye’s involvement in the brawl.
It is unlikely that Vitali Klitschko would have made an announcement if there had not been some sort of agreement between the Haye and Klitscko camps. It is also unlikely that Bernd Boente would have wanted to preempt the German investigation by announcing before any penalty to Haye had been handed out that a deal had been finalized for Haye and Klitschko to fight.
It is only a courtesy and common sense that the Kltischko’s, who have been treated so well by the Germans for years, would not want to do anything to antagonize officials who have not completed their investigation.
It may very well be that a deal has been struck for Haye and Klitschko to fight, but that the timing is not yet right to go public with the announcement. Presumably Bernd Boente does not want to go public with his announcement until the post fight events on February 18 have been allowed to simmer for a while longer.
“Dr. Ironfist” has made no secret of the fact that he wants very much to take on David Haye in the ring. It is doubtful that in the end long time Klitschko manager Bernd Boente will want to stand in the way of the huge Ukrainian heavyweight champion.
The announcement will be made in due time. Timing as they say is everything.
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