Klitschkos goes crazy on Hayes after the cancellation
July 23, 2009
Klitschkos get knives out for Haye
There was not even an attempt by the team of Wladimir and Vitali Klitschko to hide their anger after David Haye pulled out of a planned shot at WBC heavyweight champion to instead face Nikolay Valuev, the WBA champion.
There was plenty of bad blood between the two camps anyway. It started with Haye’s derogatory remarks about the Klitschkos, got worse when Haye appeared in a magazine hold the photoshopped head of Wladimir, worsened when he wore a T-shirt holding both brothers decapitated heads and went through the roof when he pulled out of the June 20 match with Wladimir claiming a back injury.
They believed that Haye had agreed to face Vitali at the Commerzbank Arena, Frankfurt, on September 12, but that fight is now dead.
“The cancellation was very surprising as we got informed about it through the media,” Bernd Bönte, Managing Director of the Klitschko Management Group, said. “Haye’s manager Adam Booth did not even have the courage to give me a call personally and tell me about their decision – for me a sign of his inexistent class.
“The background of the pull-out are definitely the bad pay-per-view-TV figures of BSkyB in England. Haye and his manager seem to have realised all of a sudden, that we have a global economic depression and English boxing fans are not that easily willing to pay £15 for a bout. All the excuses of adhesion contracts are complete rubbish as Haye had already signed the same contract for the fight against Wladimir in June, which also contained a usual rematch clause and a pure Klitschko option. And for that fight he also pulled out.
“Vitali and myself attended Haye’s last fight against Monte Barrett at the O2 Arena in London. There were possibly 6,000 fans in a 20,000-seat arena. The guy is not a big draw in England at all. We were always surprised that he expected to get £2.7 million out of the English pay-per-view sales for a fight against Vitali or Wladimir.”
Wladimir, the WBO, IBF and IBO champion, added: ”David always had a big mouth and tried to offend us with ridiculous self-made T-shirts. But when it comes up to step into the ring and show what he’s got, he runs away. He even admits that fighting Valuev is the easier way. For me Haye is a little, inexperienced kid who is afraid of his own courage. Doubtless, my brother would have knocked him out within the first four rounds.”