Golden Boy Advises David Haye To Fight On, Face Vitali

By Rick Reeno

Since his twelve round decision loss to Wladimir Klitschko in July, former two division champion David Haye (25-2, 23KOs) has been keeping a low profile. Even prior to the Klitschko loss, Haye promised to announce his retirement from boxing in the month of October.

During their last conversation, Golden Boy Promotions CEO Richard Schaefer advised the British superstar, who turns 31 on October 18, to continue his career.

“Our recommendation was for him to take a couple of fights in the U.S., maybe fight someone like a Chris Arreola.  [Arreola] would be a great fight for Staples Center [in Los Angeles] and I think it would do very well. Maybe do an Arreola fight. I think after one fight he could be back. Maybe after one or two fights, he can go against the brother [Vitali Klitschko],” Schaefer told

“I think just because you have one bad day at the office, you don't just walk away. You have to reassess and then come back bigger and stronger. At the end of the day it’s his decision. If he still wants it, I still think David has a great future.”

Vitali, who faces Tomasz Adamek on Saturday night in Poland, has expressed his willingness to fight Haye in several recent interviews. Schaefer, and the matchmakers at Golden Boy, believe the style of Vitali is an easier obstacle, in comparison to Wladimir, for Haye to overcome.

“I told him that our matchmakers like the Vitali fight and we think it would be much better [for him] than the Wladimir fight, because Vitali is much more robotic. David is very athletic and Wladimir is very athletic, and we felt that David would have substantial advantages against Vitali because of his athleticism,” Schaefer said.

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Pugilistic™ on 09-09-2011

Haye should fight Vitali. He wanted to fight him before but had a change of heart once he lost to Wladimir.

Comment by Sadistic on 09-09-2011


Comment by edgarg on 09-09-2011

Perhaps you guys notice that K mentioned Haye's being "cruel". It's not the first time. It is THIS, the genuine MALICE that Haye displayed, going FAR beyond the "give-and-take" PR exchanges of normal guys, (which shows that he's half nuts,)…

Comment by Medved on 09-09-2011

Translation: CASH OUT NOW BEFORE YOUR STOCK DROPS. They dont care about David Haye, Vitali is where the money is. and lol @ them trying to lie to David Haye that Vitali is the "Easier" brother and he would have…

Comment by AllEyesOpen on 09-09-2011

If it was, in fact, his toe that didn't let him perform like he wanted to against Wlad, you'd think he'd want a chance to at least go out healthy with a solid performance. Haye being 100% might make for…

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