Klitschko manager says Haye fight possible
By John F. McKenna (McJack): Bernd Boente who manages the Klitschko brothers was impressed by the performance of former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s) last Saturday night and now says a fight with WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (44-2, 40 KO’s) is possible.
Boente who was at first dismissive of the possibility of a clash between “The Hayemaker” and Vitali has changed his tune somewhat and has conceded that he was impressed by Haye’s 5th round stoppage of Derek Chisora (15-4, 9 KO’s). Vitali is slated to defend his WBC title belt against little known Manuel Charr (21-0, 11 KO’s) on September 8 in Moscow. Cable giant HBO has announced that it will carry the fight on tape delay.
An indication of how much Boente was impacted by Haye’s spectacular showing against Chisora were his comments regarding a showdown with Vitali. Boente was quoted in Ringside saying:
“Without any doubt I would not even rule out a rematch between Wladimir and David down the road, but at the moment it makes no sense because Wladimir’s win was clear.
“There were no question marks at all, but Vitali’s fight with David would be by far one of the biggest fights in boxing, not only in the heavyweight division.”
Haye went a long way in redeeming himself in his showing against Chisora after his dismal performance when he lost a one sided fight to WBA/IBF/WBO/IBO and Ring Magazine heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (58-3, 51 KO’s) in July 2011. Haye’s image was left in tatters after he repeatedly fell down on his way to a humiliating defeat. The humiliation was made worse when Haye attempted to blame his loss on an injured pinky toe.
Haye demonstrated to the boxing world against the rugged Chisora, who had never been floored before, that he has stunning KO power. Derek was able to survive twelve rounds against “Dr. Ironfist” who though injured slammed Chisora with numerous hard right hand shots.
It is thought by many that Haye would fare better against the less mobile, slower Vitali who is now forty one years old. It is doubtful if Klitschko’s pride will allow him to retire from boxing without taking on Haye. Haye, always a genius at self promotion has to a large degree succeeded in putting Vitali on the defensive and make it appear that he is the one who is ducking what would be a Mega Bucks fight.
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