David Haye vs Vitali Klitschko: Fight Likely After All
On September 14th, FightSaga hinted Vitali Klitschko vs David was likely for 5 simple reasons.
And now, after Haye's temporary exodus and return to the sport and repeated hints of Vitali's seemingly imminent retirement in September, the prospects for Vitali vs Haye are stll alive and well ten months later.
Recently, Klitschko manager Bernt Boente announced WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko could fight David Haye in March in London and on pay-per-view.
A piranha in boxing after his woefully lackluster performance against Vitali's younger brother, Wladimir, last year, David Haye gave a virtuoso performance against the rugged and gritty Dereck Chisora earlier this month before knocking out his foe in the fifth round. Haye's win over Chisora was impressive and, as a result, the 31 year old lad from London increased his stock immensely and became a viable contender again.
"Vitali meets Manuel Charr in September and then goes on the political campaign trail at the Ukraine elections, which are held in October," said Boente, according to the Mirror.
"He has to win his fight and then see the outcome of the elections. Then Vitali must decide what to do if he is not elected into a certain position."
"There is still a chance the fight will come, but not this year. It will probably be in England on pay-per-view next year, possibly in March."
Boente still insists David Haye sidestepped negotiations to meet Vitali in September because the Brit knew Dereck Chisora posed far fewer risks.
"Haye knew the date and the details and everything was fine but then, because of the brawl in the Munich, decided to fight Dereck Chisora," said the Klitschko Manager.
"They chose that fight because they got a good deal and an easier opponent because you cannot compare Vitali with Dereck."
Boente also believes a rematch between lineal heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye is still possible.
"I will not exclude anything," he asserted. "I have learned from past dealings that you can't rely on anything he [David Haye} says or does.
"It's all in Haye's hands. Whatever he wants, he just needs to approach us."
Even lineal heavyweight champion and brother of Vitali, Wladimir Klitschko, suggested earlier this week David Haye is possibly in the Klitschko brothers' plans once again.
"If you take a look at the past, it is very difficult to follow what David Haye really wants," Wladimir told Sky Sports News.
"Retirement, not retirement, fighting and not fighting Vitali or me then fighting someone else. Then eventually fighting me, which was great after all the talk and all this and I think the chances are there."
"We will see the next step of Vitali. As I said, his next fight is very important. [If] he wins the fight and then we can continue to talk."
Vitali Klitschko vs David Haye is still probably the biggest fight, revenue-wise, in the heavyweight division (minus Klitschko vs Klitschko). If Vitali Klitschko defeats Manuel Charr in September, look for Vitali vs Haye to happen sometime in spring 2013.
Unappreciative of David Haye's antics and taunts, Vitali Klitschko 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.