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Klitschko vs. Haye: Not so fast

Last week the Neutral Corner reported that IBF and WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko said a fight with WBA champ David Haye was a go. 

Nearly a week later, that fight may not be happening in 2011 after all.

The plan was for Klitschko to fight Dereck Chisora in Germany on April 30 and then take on Haye in July 2. 

But Haye doesn't believe Klitschko would fight him so soon after his bout with Chisora, which ultimately cause talks between the two to break down.

Haye told "Klitschko claims he'll fight both Chisora and I, but it's nonsense. Are we expected to believe that a fighter that competed only once in the whole of 2009 and twice in 2010 is now going to box twice in a matter of nine weeks? A bout with me is the most lucrative, meaningful and dangerous fight Wladimir's ever had, not some throwaway tune-up. Wladimir won't fight anybody nine weeks after Chisora, let alone me."

Haye does have a point. Even if Klitschko makes short work of Chisora, you have to wonder if he'd be ready in such a short period of time to take on a fighter of Haye's caliber. You also have to wonder why Klitschko insists on fighting Chisora.

Klitschko (55-3, 49 KOs), who pulled out of a fight with Chisora in December because of a stomach injury, told the Neutral Corner he decided to reschedule the bout because didn't want to sit idle for so long.

"I don't want to wait too long, because my last fight was in September," he said last week at the special screening of the new FX series "Lights Out". "I want to stay active. I'm the champion, so I'll take Chisora in April and David Haye in July."

Unfortunately for Haye (25-1, 23 KOs), his reasoning for not wanting to fight in July will fall on deaf ears in the boxing community, because he was the one who pulled out of a scheduled bout with Klitschko in 2009 citing a back injury.

Klitschko said he wouldn't have a problem getting ready for Haye after his bout with Chisora. In fact, Klitschko said taking on two of Britian's top heavyweights in consecutive bouts would be great for boxing.  

With a Klitschko-Haye bout now in limbo, the 6-5 Ukrainian stud has moved on to the possibility of a fight against Polish sensation Tomasz Adamek. 

Klitschko said last week that he was open to a bout with Adamek.

"I know he has a good following here," Klitschko said. "It would draw a lot of people."

The proposed date for a Klitschko-Adamek fight would be sometime in September in Europe. If Wladimir can't make the date, his brother Vitali would step into the ring against Adamek.

Confusing, isn't it?

The bottom line is we may not see a Klitschko-Haye fight in 2011 after all.

Just when we thought the heavyweight division was finally getting itself together.

New York Sports