David Haye | Vitali Klitschko Bout or Wladimir Rematch a PossibilityWritten by Lee Cleveland
According to Klitschko manager Bernd Boente, David Haye is a possible opponent for Vitali Klitschko or his brother, Wladimir, sometime in 2013.
Earlier this year, Boente insisted on several, separate occasions David Haye had squandered his opportunity to fight Vitali Klitschko and was no longer being considered as a future opponent for either brother.
Now, nearly a week after Haye's virtuoso performance against Dereck Chisora, Boente has apparently changed his mind.
Via Sky Sports' Ringside Thursday night, Boente credited Haye as quality opponent and cautiously insisted the Brit is worthy of challenging reigning heavyweight champions Wladimir or Vitali Klitschko sometime next year.
"I can't foresee the future," uttered Boente. "We have to wait and see for September 8 (Vitali's title defense against Manuel Charr) and then the elections, but down the road let's see."
"It could be Vitali [or] it could be Wladimir sometime next year. At this moment, promotion-wise, I think that fight makes no sense after one year, but let's see.
"David is definitely a flashy person, a personality and he is always in the media, so why not?
"We are all in an entertainment business and I'm sure that the Vitali versus David fight would be a thrilling fight, an interesting fight and would definitely be the fight the boxing world wants to see."
Vitali Klitschko vs David Haye
Vitali Klitschko, unappreciative of David Haye's antics and taunts, has been obsessed with fighting David Haye for the better part of the last three years. However, its been rumored his September 8th bout against Manuel Charr bout will be Vitali's last as the 41 year old Ukrainian slugger is vying to become the next major of Kyiv and hopes to focus more on the worsening situation in his native Ukraine. Elections will take place in October.
But money talks... Perhaps Vitali Klitschko, like Congressman Manny Pacquiao, will box for awhile during his reign as a public servant?
Five Reasons Vitali vs Haye Might Happen...
- Vitali has a long-standing bitter disliking of Haye and has been provoking him since July 2011
- Haye detests the Klitschkos and, for the last three years, has attempted to humiliate them and destroy their reputations
- Broken toe or not, there's no doubt Haye wants to restore his unfavorable image following his dreadful performance against Wladimir last year
- A fight between two popular fighters who have a well-publicized and long-standing vendetta often generates increased interest among casual fans and the mainstream media, as was the case with David Haye vs Dereck Chisora last week
- Vitali Klitschko vs David Haye is still probably the biggest fight, revenue-wise, in the heavyweight division (minus Klitschko vs Klitschko)
Wladimir Klitschko vs David Haye II?
Last year, in what was billed as the biggest heavyweight attraction in seven years, Wladimir Klitschko defeated David Haye in a lackluster, one-sided affair in which the usually-explosive Haye refused to take risks. After the bout, David Haye apologized to the millions of disappointed fans who viewed the spectacle and claimed he was hampered by a broken toe - But many, even today, still assert David Haye lacked the heart and courage to exchange with boxing's lineal champion, refusing to force Klitschko into the proverbial trenches.
Referencing the possibility of Wladimir vs Haye II, Boente stated, "I would not even rule out a rematch between Wladimir and David down the road, but at this moment it makes no sense because Wladimir's win was clear."
"There were no question marks at all, but Vitali's fight against David would be by far one of the biggest fights in boxing, not only in the heavyweight division."
There's allegedly a clause in all Klitschko fight contracts essentially stating if an opponent is victorious he must fight the other brother.
And three of the five fighters who have defeated a Klitschko eventually fought the other brother. The two fighters who defeated a Klitschko but didn't fight follow suit, Lennox Lewis and Lamon Brewster, had unique circumstances. Lewis retired after scoring a 6th Round TKO of Vitali in 2003 and Vitali retired, albeit for only four years, soon after Brewster knocked out Wladimir in 2004.
Vitali is acknowledged by most as the world's second best heavyweight (next to Wlad) and by some as the premiere heavyweight in the world. Yesterday, heavyweight contender Manuel Charr said of the older Klitschko via RT:
"Vitali Klitschko is the world champion. The strongest boxer in the world. He is stronger than his brother, Wladimir..."
If David Haye defeats Vitali Klitshcko, there's no reason Wladimir vs Haye II shouldn't happen.
But for now, Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko skill control the immediate destiny of their respective heavyweight titles so David Haye must wait for future developments to unfold.
Lee is Managing Editor of FightSaga.com, a student of the Sweet Science and longtime boxing fan.
A gym rat in the 1990s, Lee was trained by 1976 Olympic Silver Medalist Charles Mooney and several retired seasoned pros. He was also a sparring partner for former WBA Super Middleweight Champion Steve Little who upset Michael Nunn for the WBA Super Middleweight Title in '94.
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