Boente: We don’t take Haye seriously; Vitali will decide whether to retire in mid-December
By Scott Gilfoid: Bernd Boente, the manager for WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, says that Vitali won’t be making a decision about whether he’ll retire by mid-December, according to Sky Sports News. Vitali could choose to retire depending on how well things go for him in politics in Ukraine.
Boente told SKy Sports News “Whether Vitali fights on depends on the political situation…We will have a clearer picture of the political landscape in mid-December. After that Vitali will make a decision.”
Bonete doesn’t see David Haye as being a factor in whether Vitali will retire or not because Haye has already been badly exposed by Vitali’s younger brother Wladimir last year.
Boente said about Haye “We don’t take him seriously. He’s like a little dog that barks all the time.”
Yeah, that’s not much to gain from Vitali beating up on Haye after what Wladimir did to him last year. I could kind of understand Vitali trouncing Haye for the heck of it if there was a reason, like Haye having beaten some quality fighters recently, but Haye has been pretty much just sitting around doing nothing. I don’t count Haye’s win over Dereck Chisora because Chisora had a slew of losses going into that fight and had been softened up nicely for Haye by Vitali, Robert Helenius and Tyson Fury.
No, for Haye to be a factor in the heavyweight division he’d have to beat the likes of Alexander Povetkin, Kubrat Pulev, Chris Arreola, Seth Mitchell and Deontay Wilder. If Haye could beat all of those guys then I could see there being some interest in Vitali fighting him, but minus that then there’s no reason whatsoever in Vitali holding off on his retirement just to take on Haye.
If Vitali decides to continue fighting, I don’t want to see him waste one of his few remaining fights against Haye. Forget that. I want to see Vitali fight someone like Pulev, Mitchell or Wilder. Those are the interesting opponents. Those guys have talent and come to fight. You won’t see them running around the ring for 12 rounds just trying not to get hit like what we saw with Haye last year against Wladimir.