Vitali Klitschko vs David Haye: Coming Soon

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According to sources, former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye (25-2, 23 KOs) will challenge current WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko (44-2, 40 KO) later this year.

In an article entitled 'Vitali Klitschko vs David Haye - 5 Reasons This Fight Will Happen,' FightSaga told readers on September 14th that Vitali vs Haye was inevitable despite David's retirement decree.

And although still officially retired, David Haye confirmed Monday via Twitter that Vitali Klitschko has agreed to fight him for the latter's WBC heavyweight title.

Via Twitter, Haye wrote, "Vitali has just finally agreed to fight me in a live RTL interview!!! He told me I will be his next fight!! Let's Get Ready To Rumble!!! 

And despite initial retorts from Vitali's manager, Bernd Boente, dismissing Haye's tweet, the older Klitschko has yet to refute Haye's announcement. And earlier this week, the current WBC heavyweight king told Sky Sports 1, "Maybe in the next couple of months Klitschko will fight David Haye. Maybe. It will be a great fight." 

David Haye

Turning pro in 2002, David Haye quickly ascended to the top of the cruiserweight ranks posting a perfect record of 10-0, 10 KOs before being stopped by veteran Carl Thompson in 2004. But Haye would rebound and eventually earn a world title shot in 2007 against Jean-Marc Mormeck of France. Sporting an impressive record of 19-1, 18 KOs, Haye was down in the fourth round but rallied stop Mormeck in the seventh.  As the WBA/WBC champion, David Haye, the following year, stopped Enzo Maccarinelli in the second to add the latter's WBO cruiserweight strap to his belt collection. It would be Haye's final bout as a cruiserweight.

Wladimir vs Haye
After four wins over 'decent' but not top-tier competition, Haye, now the current WBA heavyweight titlist, stepped in the ring with WBO, IBF, WBO, IBO & Ring Heavyweight Champion Wladimir Klitschko on July 2, 2011 in what was the most-publicized, most-hyped heavyweight fight in nine years. The title unification bout was much-anticipated due in part to Haye's verbal jibes and antics which many, including the Klitschkos, found offensive. Although David Haye was successful in hyping the fight and securing extraordinarily large purses for himself and Wladimir, the bout fell far short of expectations as a seemingly reluctant and fearful Londoner suffered an embarrassing unanimous decision loss to the younger Klitschko. The Briton claimed he'd suffered a toe injury prior to the bout.

Injury or not, Haye's reputation had become severely bruised and his request for a rematch with Wladimir Klitschko was denied. As a result, the controversial and outspoken Haye officially retired as planned last October, citing only the Klitschkos could lure him back into the ring.

A month ago, most insiders believed Vitali vs Haye wouldn't generate tremendous interest or revenue due to Haye's disappointing performance against Wladimir - However, some insiders are singing a different tune today.  Are things are different now due to Haye's public brawl with the former British Heavyweight Champion, Dereck Chisora a few weeks ago? Some are already saying David Haye, from an interest and promotional standpoint, is hot again.

5 Reasons Vitali vs Haye will Happen...

  • Vitali has a bitter disliking of Haye and has been trying to lure Haye into fighting since his loss to Wlad in July
  • Haye detests the Klitschkos and, for the last two years, has attempted to humiliate them and tarnish their reputations
  • There's no doubt Haye wants to restore image after his unpopular, highly-criticized performance against Wladimir
  • A fight between two popular fighters who have a well-publicized and long-standing vendetta often generates increased interest and sales
  • Revenue-wise, Vitali Klitschko vs David Haye is still probably the biggest fight in the heavyweight division (unless the Klitschko brothers agreed to fight each other)

In a seemingly weak heavyweight division, David Haye's speed, awkward fighting style and knockout power make him a formidable threat to anyone. He is a dangerous fighter who, stylistically, matches up better with Vitali than with Wlad.  Simply put, Haye would have more opportunities to land his power shots against Vitali than his quicker, more defensive brother. Moreover, David Haye - from a personality standpoint - is arguably the most charismatic and controversial heavyweight boxer since Mike Tyson

Charisma and controversy generate interest and sell tickets!

Vitali Klitschko vs David Haye.... Look for it to be confirmed soon.


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