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V. Klitschko to Decide Career Direction in Coming Months

David Haye must wait until the end of the year to discover whether his desired showdown with Vitali Klitschko will materialise.

Bernd Boente, manager of the WBC world heavyweight champion and his brother Wladimir, insists Vitali will take his time over deciding whether to retire.

The 41-year-old's UDAR party was elected into the Ukrainian parliament with 13% of the vote and now the wrangling over the formation of an opposition coalition begins.

"Vitali will not make a decision before December or the beginning of next year," Boente said.

"He's under no pressure. The WBC see him as their champion and he only had a fight at the beginning of September. No champion will fight twice in three months.

"Whether Vitali fights on depends on the political situation and the coalitions formed.

"His party was only founded two years ago but it received 13% of the vote. He's in parliament now as the party leader.

"We will have a clearer picture of the political landscape in mid-December and after that Vitali will make a decision."

Boente describes a report that the Ukrainian brothers have signed a five-fight deal with RTL, Germany's largest private free-to-air broadcaster, as premature.

It was reported that the fact the contract was split between Wladimir - the IBF, WBA and WBO champion - and Vitali indicated the latter's determination to box on.

But Boente said: "The deal has not been signed yet. We are in negotiations and it should work out well.

"We've inserted a general clause that it will be either brother, which we've always had.

"Should Vitali retire, Wladimir is the only guy involved. If Vitali fights on then he will take a portion of those fights."

Haye has declared the only fight he will accept is against Vitali, having dropped a wide points decision to Wladimir in July last year.

Boente insists Vitali has no interest in facing Haye, yet it is the most attractive - and lucrative - fight in the heavyweight division.

Due to the one-sided nature of their first showdown there is no mileage in a return against Wladimir, but his fading and worn older brother is an easier prospect.

Boente remains dismissive of Haye, who has refused to meet rising British heavyweights David Price and Tyson Fury, but the fight would an easy sell.

"It's always the same with Haye, we don't take him seriously. He's a like a little dog that barks all the time," he said.

"When the big dog - Vitali Klitschko - comes around the corner he runs away.

"Look at what happened against Wladimir, we don't care about it him any more. He talks but who cares?"

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Capaedia on 10-31-2012

I want to see him fight Haye, but I'd have a bitter taste in my mouth if he lost. But that's boxing for you. It's the fight I want to see, but Haye doesn't deserve the payday, and he would…

Comment by 493dart on 10-31-2012

Look at it this way---Which top 10 hvy could beat Haye right now ? i cant name one that would besides the Klits ...... none of them (the new guys) have proven themselves . Haye vs either klit MUST happen…

Comment by joe strong on 10-30-2012

i may not like him as a boxer but i respect his athletic abilities & hope he can bring it to politics. many politicians become drunk with power when in a position of leadership. let's hope he helps make a…

Comment by Drunk Punch on 10-30-2012

I don't really get what's going on here. Boente just sounds like a child, this is business. Vitali made it clear in many interviews he wanted to KO Haye. Haye then convincingly destroys Chisora and suddenly Vitali's not interested. What…

Comment by damuttz112 on 10-30-2012

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