Klitschko manager nixes Haye fight
By John F. McKenna (McJack): Bernd Boente, the manager for World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (44-2, 40 KO’s) has thrown cold water on a fight with former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s) after “The Hayemaker’s” impressive showing against former British Commonwealth heavyweight champion Dereck Chisora (15-4, 9 KO’s).
Haye demonstrated last night at Upton Park that he still has the explosive power that first brought him to prominence as a cruiserweight then heavyweight champion. Chisora at 247 pounds appeared to be carrying twenty pounds of excess flab around the middle and was totally outgunned by Haye, who weighed in at a svelte 210 pounds.
Haye in addition to working hard to get himself into tip top shape for the match against “Del-Boy” used his superior speed, boxing ability and power to dispatch Chisora in the 5th round. The fight and it’s build up had a circus like atmosphere and in fact was brought about by the infamous brawl which ensued after Klitschk’s unanimous decision victory last February in Muncih.
Vitali’s performance against Chisora was severely hampered by an injury he sustained early in the fight making it near impossible for him to use his left arm. Boente stated after Haye’s demolition of Chisora that a two armed “Dr. Ironfist” would have achieved the same results.
Boente also asserts that Haye was twice given the opportunity to fight Vitali in the past and turned down both opportunities. The first time David chose to fight Nikolai Valuev instead of Klitschko and a fight was offered to Haye for this September and “The Hayemaker” chose to fight Chisora instead. Boente asserts that Haye chose to fight Chisora because he felt it would be an easier fight.
Haye now claims that because of his performance against Chisora, Vitali will avoid fighting him. Boente, referring to Haye was quoted in “Sporting Life” saying:
“He has a big mouth and is like a little dog that yaps.”
Boente went on to say that Chisora fought a stupid fight and was completely open. Vitali would have also knocked out Chisora if he had not suffered the injury to his left shoulder.
Despite what Boente says it is unlikely that Vitali will want to retire from the ring without having disposed of Haye, who has been a thorn in his side for a number of years.
It is likely that the though of shutting up Haye will be too irresistible to ignore.