David Haye in a holding pattern waiting for Vitali
By Eric Thomas: Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (26-2, 24 KO’s) is still waiting to see what WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (45-2, 41 KO’s) will do next – retire or continue to fight. Haye badly wants to fight Vitali because Haye came back specifically from his retirement to get a fight with the 41-year-year-old Vitali.
Haye took a fight with Dereck Chisora last July thinking it would get him a fight with Vitali. Instead, the victory did nothing to budge Vitali into accepting a fight with him. That hasn’t stopped Haye from continuing to try and goad the big 6’7″ Vitali into fighting him by frequently making comments in the media about how easily it will be to defeat him.
The thing that could ruin Haye’s plans on getting a fight with Vitali is he wins this months elections in Ukraine in which Vitali is trying to win a seat in parliament. He doesn’t feel like he juggle both his boxing career and political career at the same time, as the political career would require him to spend long hours in meetings and that would be tough for Vitali to do once he’s in training for a fight.
We should learn soon whether Vitali will be continuing his career or not, as he generally fights every four to five months and he usually announces his next opponent not long after his last fights. Vitali fought last month in stopping #7 WBC Manuel Charr in the 4th round of a brutally one-sided fight from start to finish. Vitali looked like his old self in totally dominating the shorter 6’3″ Charr and making it look incredibly easy in beating him. The win may have helped Vitali’s confidence if needed help, because he did a great job in beating Charr.
Haye doesn’t need Vitali to make good money. He could get a good payday in facing local British heavyweights like Tyson Fury and David Price. However, Haye seems to be hung up on wanting to fight the very best in the division. That’s understandable because it’s not as bad on your rep if you get beaten by the top #1 or #2 fighter in the heavyweight division compared to guys that are between #7 and #15.
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