• Heavyweight

Klitschko manager not planning Haye bout

ESPN staff
July 15, 2012
David Haye outclassed Dereck Chisora © PA Photos

Vitali Klitschko's manager Bernd Boente claims it is highly unlikely the Ukrainian will fight David Haye, because he plans to swap boxing for politics in October of this year.

Haye announced his return from retirement with a fifth-round stoppage of Dereck Chisora on Saturday, finishing a man Klitschko failed to put away earlier this year. Now Haye wants the veteran in a world title fight.

Klitschko's brother Wladimir was the man who put Haye into retirement, but it is believed Vitali is a slower, less powerful, form of his sibling. Boente insists there is no fear from his charge, but says a fight with Haye is highly unlikely because the Brit has missed the boat.

"We offered Haye the fight September but he chose to fight Chisora instead because that was easier for him," Boente said. "David probably turned Vitali down because he got more money against Chisora, who is by far the easier opponent.

"We had a contract ready for Haye, had booked an arena, but he turned us down for a second time - the first time he chose to face Nikolay Valuev instead.

"After fighting Manuel Charr [on September 8], Vitali goes on the campaign trail for parliamentary election in the Ukraine. He's the leader for the opposition, UDAR. Should he be elected on October 28 then he will probably stop boxing. For him politics is the future - he wants to fight for democracy.

"But even if he's elected, maybe he'll want to have a farewell fight. At the moment David Haye means nothing to us and Vitali is definitely not afraid of fighting him."

Boente also refused to pay any compliment to Haye for his performance against Chisora, insisting Chisora was not as prepared as he was for his bout with Vitali. Haye claimed his display will have scared the Klitschko camp, but Boente argues to the contrary.

"I was more disappointed by Chisora's poor display. He was out of shape and looked in better shape against Vitali," Boente said. "Saying his performance against Chisora was too good, that Vitali won't want to fight, was typical Haye. He has a big mouth and is like a little dog that yaps.

"We all know the calibre of fighter Vitali has fought in the past, including Lennox Lewis. I'm sure he's not impressed by that performance.

"Chisora fought a stupid fight and was completely open. Vitali would also have knocked out Chisora had he not suffered that injury in the third round. He fought Chisora with only his right arm, he could not use his left arm anymore."

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