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Report: Haye vs. Vitali Klitschko close to done

Heavyweight boxer Wladimir Klitschko of the Ukraine, right,

Heavyweight boxer Wladimir Klitschko of the Ukraine, right, punches WBA world champion David Haye of Britain. (July 2, 2011) Credit: AP

The rumors of David Haye taking on Vitali Klitschko as early as March, 2012 are on the verge of being true, according to several published reports.

Bernd Boente, the manager for both Vitali and his brother Wladimir, confirmed to The Telegraph Wednesday that Haye has received a contract outlining the parameters of the deal.

"In the last few days we have continued negotiations and we officially sent the contract to the offices of the Haye camp,” Boente told The Telegraph. “It’s on their side – we now wait to see what their response will be, and how they comment on this. Either they accept it, or Vitali fights someone else, because we cannot wait around for Haye. We are also looking at other opponents."

Now that it is known that the fight could become a reality, is a fight the public wants to see?

Haye (25-2) was roundly criticized for fighting what was perceived to be defensively in his lopsided loss to Wladimir in July. Haye bought on more heat when he blamed a broken toe for his inability to go on the offensive against Klitschko. Making matters more interesting is that Haye was adamant that he would retire from the sport in October.

It’s now evident that the native of London won’t hesitate to come out of his supposed retirement to fight Vitali (43-2).

There are some who don't believe Haye deserves a shot at Vitali. But if he wins, it could mean a rematch with Wladimir sometime next fall or in early 2013.
 

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