Klitschko Camp Continues To Soften Stance On Future David Haye Bout
by Johnny Walker
It seems that UK heavyweight star David “Hayemaker” Haye’s impressive win over Dereck “Del Boy” Chisora a couple of weeks back in London has accomplished what Haye and his manager Adam Booth set out to do: put the Hayemaker back on the map as far as a shot at one of the world champion Klitschko brothers is concerned.
Before and immediately following the grudge match between the two men who have both irked the brothers more than any other heavyweights, both K2 impressario Bernd Boente and the Klitschkos themselves poured cold water on the idea of the winner getting another title shot.
Boente even went so far as to say that David Haye would never fight Vitali Klitschko.
However, in the last week or so, the Klitschko camp has been coming around to the idea of Haye eventually meeting up with either Vitali or Wlad.
First, Boente sounded far more diplomatic on the topic than he had for some time during a recent appearance on Sky Sports in the UK.
Now, Wladimir Klitschko has also held out the proverbial carrot on a stick re a meeting with either he or his elder brother.
The younger Klitschko says he is impressed with Haye’s recent, more decorous behavior, and that this bodes well for the Brit’s chances to fight for a title once more after losing a unanimous points decision to him in 2011.
“It’s very difficult to follow what David Haye wants – retirement, not retirement – fighting or not fighting Vitali or me, fighting someone else,” Klitschko told Sky Sports.
“Eventually he was fighting me which was great following all the talk, and I think the chances are there (for another Klitschko fight).”
“And as I said, I think that David became a better person and I hope that he is more reliable than he used to be.
Wladimir emphasizes, however, that his older brother is fully concentrated on his upcoming fight with the obscure but undefeated Manuel Charr on September 8 in Moscow.
After that, however, all things appear to be possible.
“We’ll see [following] the next step,” Klitschko says.
“The next step is for Vitali to fight. It’s very important for him to win the fight [with Charr] and then we’ll continue to talk [to Haye].”