WBO international heavyweight champion, David Haye, has been vocal about his desire to test his skills against WBC champ, Vitali Klitschko, but the two camps haven’t been able to reach an agreement.
Getting tired of the drawn out negotiations, Vitali (45-2-0, 41 KOs) is starting to question if Haye (26-2-0, 24 KOs) truly wants to fight him, calling the Brit a liar while speaking at the WBC convention in Cancun, Mexico.
“David Haye doesn’t want to fight me. He’s a liar!” Vitali Klitschko said, per Boxingscene.com. “We sent him a contract to fight me in Moscow, but he went and fought Chisora. And after that fight, he’s trying to sell himself! He says he wants to fight me and it’s not true. He’s had his chance to fight me many times but he didn’t accept our contract. I don’t want to talk about him!”
Haye went the distance with Vitali’s brother, Wladimir, last year (he ended up losing via decision), so it’s highly unlikely that’s he’s scared of the Dr. If anything, Haye probably feels good about his chances against the Ukrainian, considering the fact he did a better job against the common denominator between the two men, Dereck Chisora — who both men have faced this year.
Vitali Klitschko won a unanimous decision against Chisora in February, while Haye knocked “Del Boy” out during the fifth round of their July 14 encounter.
I’m not saying “boxing math” is always right, but Haye’s performance against Chisora does indicate that the Brit should be able to hold his own against Vitali. More than likely, the terms of the contract has a lot to do with Haye’s refusal to sign on the dotted line.
Given how unpopular the heavyweight division has become in the Klitschko era, a fight against Haye is as good as it gets for Vitali. Haye’s reputation and trash-talking skills would certainly generate a decent amount of interest if the two ever agreed to fight, and I wouldn’t count “Hayemaker” out against Vitali.