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Klitschko vs. Haye: Almost a go or Almost gone...

By Joel Young: A lot of people have been frowning on boxing's heavyweight division the past few years. A big fight like this would really spark public interest. Wladimir Klitschko has given David Haye the ultimatum - pick a brother by January 11th or the deal is off. Haye said he is retiring this October no matter what happens in his career. The older Klitschko brother Vitali is obligated to fight Odlanier Solis in March, so he's probably out. So that leaves Wladimir, widely considered the true heavyweight champion, holding the IBF, IBO, and WBO belts.

At first Haye kept up with his typical run-around: He wanted more money, wanted the fight in Britain, wanted a bigger share of television royalties, yada yada yada, But then as of this week Haye says he is very interested in the fight and subsequently agrees to all conditions, including equal splits, and that Wladimir can choose the venue. So that means the fight is on, right?

Well don't get excited yet.. Nothing has been signed, and even when it is nothing is official. Haye's already been signed to fight both brothers before and *poof* Haye pulls a disappearing act. But if Haye doesn't sign by January 11th, Wlad is mandated to fight Derek Chisora, a fight that he pulled out of last minute citing an abdominal injury. Which would leave both brothers tied up until after Hayes self imposed October retirement date, which may be what Haye has wanted all along. But if he retires without fighting either Klitschko in my mind it will forever tarnish his legacy. Forget his career at cruiserweight, forget any success he's had at heavyweight. I will only remember him as the contender who never was, the "heavyweight savior", who only saved us from his best.

Article posted on 30.12.2010



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