The will-they won’t-they soap opera between Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye, which will divide sports books if it ever takes place, still looks as though it has a long while to run.
At times it feels like they’re deliberately trying to overshadow the entire world and after Klitschko pulled out of his fight with fellow-Brit Derek Chisora, the show that matches the drama EastEnders and Corrie put together is back on.
This morning’s sports news was full of how the fight was almost on and all that Klitschko had to do is sign the contract being offered by the Haye camp. As you and everyone in the entertainment business know, what is sports news in the morning is often not even worthy of the local rag by the time we reach the afternoon.
Haye’s manager Adam Booth was quoted in a Guardian article as saying they’d offered the Ukrainian’s manager, Bernd Boente, a deal which saw a “50-50 split of everything, including the British pay-per-view money”. It also included a clause meaning the fight could be screened by German TV and held in Germany.
If Booth is to be believed, and the Klitschko camp isn’t buying into the deal, it could be due to a couple of factors. The more unlikely of the two is that he’s actually ducking a fight with the Brit, with the more likely factor that he still a deal in place to fight with Chisora.
If Haye carries out his threat to retire by his 31st birthday in October then we could be denied another great fight due to a breakdown in negotiations.