Wladimir Klitschko's Reps Send Fight Offer To David Haye
By Lem Satterfield
Representatives of WBO, IBF and IBO heavyweight champion, Wladimir Klitschko, have sent an offer to the camp members of WBA king, David Haye, proposing a bout between the two for "September or October," said Klitschko's adviser, Shelly Finkel to BoxingScene.com.
Finkel said the offer was sent to Haye's manager and trainer, Adam Booth, for a match up that he said would likely take place "in Europe somewhere."
"Right now, we're really pushing hard to make Wladimir and David Haye. That's the only heavyweight fight that the public has interest in," said Klitschko's trainer, Manny Steward. "Beyond that, there's no fight at all. Nobody wants to see nothing but David Haye and Wladimir."
The 33-year-old Klitschko (54-3, 48 knockouts) has not lost a fight in more than six years, last being beaten in April of 2004 in a fifth-round knockout for the vacant WBO crown by Lamon Brewster of Los Angeles.
Klitschko has since won 12 straight fights, nine of them by knockout, including four consecutive KOs.
Haye (24-1, 22 knockouts) has drawn the ire of both Wladimir Klitschko and his 38-year-old brother, Vitali Klitschko (39-2, 37 KOs), holder of the WBC's belt.
Haye angered the Klitschkos last June when he wore a T-shirt to a press conference which depicted a cartoon of himself standing in a ring while holding in either hand their decapitated heads while hovering above their lifeless bodies at his feet.
"Wladimir has never been this verbal about wanting a fight with any other fighter since I've been with him," said Steward to BoxingScene.com. "Never has he been as angry with any fighter like he has been with David. Calling him, 'Bitch,' and all of this stuff."
Last month, Wladimir Klitschko released a video on Youtube in which he called out Haye.
"David, you have bitched out on fighting both Klitschko brothers already. Now is the time to make it happen. So on behalf of the boxing fans around the world, I'm officially calling you out to fight me," said Klitschko in the video.
"David, you can't run away from me forever," said Wladimir Klitschko. "You need to follow through with this fight if you want to be respected. I'm ready. What are you waiting for?"
Steward said that he has never seen Wladimir Klitschko so "ramped up" for an opponent.
"David Haye has got Wladimir ramped up like I've never seen him. All of a sudden, Wladimir is talking back, and David has quit talking. Period," said Steward.
"What's the intriguing part about David Haye and Wladimir is that they have both got fast hands and explosive power," said Steward. "They're the only ones up there with those kinds of skills, so that's why, as a fan, I believe that people are saying, 'This is the fight that I want to see.'"
Lem Satterfield is the boxing editor for AOL FanHouse and the news editor for BoxingScene.com
[QUOTE=maverock;8353874]Haye won't reply at all. He's been hiding since 4 weeks I don't think he will come out now and big some kind of big announcement. It's obvious he wants no piece of Wlad and is quite happy bashing up…Comment by Pirao on 05-12-2010
Haye is probably going to fight Audley Harrison on SkyTV next :rofl:Comment by maverock on 05-12-2010
Haye won't reply at all. He's been hiding since 4 weeks I don't think he will come out now and big some kind of big announcement. It's obvious he wants no piece of Wlad and is quite happy bashing up…Comment by Spray_resistant on 05-12-2010
I have serious doubts that Haye ever intended to fight Wlad at all and just wanted to create some attention for himself to make more $$$ when he did fight and also for when he leaves boxing to pursue other…Comment by LeadUppercut on 05-12-2010
[QUOTE=Pirao;8346324]Why should he? According to your logic, Wlad should tell he is not ducking Toney everytime Toney calls him out.[/QUOTE] Nah bro, Toney making noises is waay different than Haye rejecting a K2 offer, then apparently lying about it. K2's…Post a Comment/View More User Comments (55)