By Mark Vester
Adam Booth, manager of David Haye, agrees with Wladimir Klitschko's decision to go forward with his June 20th date with undefeated Ruslan Chagaev. Klitschko was set to defend his WBO/IBF titles against Haye on that date but Haye withdrew last Wednesday with a back injury. Haye was ready to fight Klitschko by July 25, but the champion, inactive for six months, was not willing to wait any longer and made a deal with Chagaev. Booth is not upset with Klitschko's decision. He says the same decision would have been made if Haye was in the same situation.
"We would have been able to box in five weeks which would’ve delayed [the Klitschko fight] until July 25 – we understand totally the decision Wladimir has taken. If the shoe was on the other foot we would’ve done exactly the same thing. Hopefully Wladimir looks good, he wins [against Chagaev] and that at some point we can get this on," Booth said.
Haye would like to fight by the end of July but admits that it likely won't happen. Haye might have to wait until September because there are no open dates on the cable networks in July or August.
"I will be back in full training in two weeks' time and ready to fight by 25 July," said Haye. "But commercially no TV company will want to show a fight then or in August so it's likely to be September. If it could be against one of the Klitschkos that would be great. They've offered me a voluntary challenge before and if they'd like to do so again for September then I'd be more than willing."
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