Earlier this week, Wladimir Klitschko again challenged David Haye to face him on July 2nd.
In comments to the BBC, Klitschko was typically brutal with his criticism of Haye and his assessment of the situation:
“I think after talking so much nonsense (Haye) has to show up in the ring. He has been trying to be smart but eventually he put himself in a corner. He’s talking about legacy – I don’t see the legacy with him, to be honest with you.
“I think that it’s not only my opinion but the opinion of a lot of fans. I know the British fans are looking forward to this fight and I’m looking forward to satisfying as well the British fans and to fight David Haye.
I’m right here and I’m confirming that 2 July, as I’ve said before, that’s the date for the fight. Either David Haye takes it or he just leaves the whole thing there.
“We were agreed on the money, so that we split everything 50-50, and of course there is a lot of money to make, but money is not the issue right now.”
“As I said, I can confirm the date – and the answer from David Haye was ‘I don’t want you to fight before’. The date is confirmed. Germany or the UK? It doesn’t matter.”
Wladimir Klitschko is scheduled to fight Dereck Chisora on April 30th whilst Haye will fight Ruslan Chagaev as a mandatory challenger for his WBO heavyweight belt.
Haye claims that Wladimir Klitschko’s fight against Chisora and his own fight against Chagaev does not allow him enough training fight for the proposed fixture on July 2nd. Haye is planning to retire from boxing once he turns 31 in October regardless of whether or not a fight against either of the Klitschko brothers goes ahead.
Wladimir’s older brother Vitali Klitschko is confirmed to fight the Cuban boxer Odlanier Solis in Cologne on March 19th.
Last week we reported that the Klitschko Brothers have also confirmed that one of them will fight the Polish boxer Tomasz Adamek (43-1, 28 KOs) later this year. The fight would potentially be a challenge for their Heavy weight titles. Wladimir Vitali currently holds the WBO and IBF belts whilst Vitali is the holder of the WBC title.
Before fighting one of the Klitschko brothers, Adamek will take on Kevin Mcbride on April 23rd in Newark, New Jersey