Haye Fever Cure
David Haye wants a crack at Vitali Klitschko.
Still basking in the warmth of his win over Dereck Chisora in London yesterday, Haye made his preference known in the immediate aftermath of the fight. But it takes two to tango and by all appearances Vitali would rather dance with someone else, or not dance at all, than give Haye a big money fight.
The Klitschkos reportedly did not watch Haye vs. Chisora. They decided they had better things to do than to watch “two Klitschko losers,” as Wladimir described them last week. And according to Bernd Boente, the brothers’ manager, the likelihood of Haye and Vitali squaring off is almost nonexistent.
“We offered Haye the fight September,” said Boente, “but he chose to fight Chisora instead because that was easier for him. David probably turned Vitali down because he got more money against Chisora, who is by far the easier opponent. We had a contract ready for Haye, had booked an arena, but he turned us down for a second time. The first time he chose to face Nikolay Valuev instead.”
It’s not only that the Klitschkos, no less than Boente, are fed up with Haye. Vitali is winding down his career and has plans above and beyond boxing on which he’s focusing.
“After fighting Manuel Charr, Vitali goes on the campaign trail for parliamentary election in the Ukraine. He’s the leader for the opposition, UDAR. Should he be elected on October 28 then he will probably stop boxing. For him politics is the future—he wants to fight for democracy. But even if he’s elected, maybe he’ll want to have a farewell fight. At the moment David Haye means nothing to us and Vitali is definitely not afraid of fighting him.”
Boente is a Klitschko partisan and will say whatever partisans say. Still, it’s hard to imagine Vitali is afraid of David Haye, or any man for that matter.
Unlike Vitali and Wladimir, Boente watched the fight and was unimpressed by what he saw.
“I was more disappointed by Chisora’s poor display. He was out of shape and looked in better shape against Vitali. Chisora fought a stupid fight and was completely open. Saying his performance against Chisora was too good, that Vitali won’t want to fight, was typical Haye. He has a big mouth and is like a little dog that yaps.
“We all know the caliber of fighter Vitali has fought in the past, including Lennox Lewis. I’m sure he’s not impressed by that performance.”