Wladimir says a Vitali-Haye fight can’t take place because Haye doesn’t have a boxing license
By Sean McDaniel: IBF/WBA/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko ruled out a fight between his brother WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko and former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye, pointing out that Haye doesn’t have a boxing license with the British Boxing Board of Control, so it’s a non starter.
Wladimir isn’t pleased that Haye is fighting Dereck Chisora without the BBBofC’s approval, as the fight is being sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation and taking place in Upton Park. Wladimir feels that the two fighters should go through the BBBofC for their fight to take place. As such, Wladimir is against their fight taking place, and he’s now ruling out a fight between his brother Vitali and Haye.
Wladimir told Sky Sports News “There’s nothing that could be made. First of all David Haye was officially retired, he didn’t have a license so there couldn’t be any conversation…And right now, he’s actually getting ready for the Chisora fight.”
Yesterday, Bernd Boente, Vitali’s manager said that Haye had chosen not to take the fight with Vitali and had opted to face Chisora instead. Haye responded to that comment earlier today that he never turned down a fight against Vitali and he still intends on fighting him in September if the offer is there.
It doesn’t look like Vitali is interested in making the fight with Haye. If Haye has to get his license with the British Boxing Board of Control in order to fight Vitali, it looks like the fight won’t take place. Vitali could be retiring by the end of the year, and if he’s not going to take the fight with Haye because he doesn’t have a BBBofC boxing license that suggests that he’d not all that interested in taking the fight.
Obviously there would be some difficulties in trying to make the fight because the British Boxing Board said that anyone involved with the Haye-Chisora fight will have their licenses suspended. But apart from that, the WBC won’t likely sanction a fight between Vitali and Haye either because they’ve spoke out against the Haye vs. Chisora fight.
That still doesn’t mean that Haye and Vitali couldn’t fight if he wanted to. The fight would be just as big without his WBC title as it would be with it. If it’s going to be the last fight of his career, I don’t see why Vitali wouldn’t take it. He’s not going to face anyone else even remotely as popular as Haye, so Vitali should be considering it. There’s no one else for Vitali to fight if he wants to go out with a big bang.
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