Vitali On Standby For Haye

By Clive Bernath: Just a few days ago it appeared as though there was more chance of hell freezing over than Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye ever facing each other in a heavyweight unification battle. But by midnight last Saturday Haye made the announcement that he would be facing Wladimir on either June 25 or July 2. And just for good measure it has transpired that if Wladimir’s abdominal injury has not healed in time then older brother and WBC champ, Vitali, could step in to face the British fighter on one of the aformentioned dates.

Wladimir was due to face British champion Dereck Chisora in Germany on April 30 but a reaccurance of the abdominal injury from last December has forced him to pull out.

However, although, Haye expects to face Wladimir next, if he is not fit in time Vitali could step in.

Speaking to Sky Sports Haye said: "I don’t expect that. With me, he(Wladimir) is going to take his training very seriously. He is going to make sure there won’t be any injuries that can affect this fight.

"If there is any problem, then his brother is going to jump in.
"But I have a feeling whatever injury Wladimir has or is carrying will be fine by the time he gets into the ring with me."

It is very unlikely that Vitiali will be the brother facing Haye in the Summer as he is scheduled to face unbeaten Cuban Odlanier Solis in Cologne on March 19. Many fight fans will view the Solis fight as a routine title defence for the older Klitschko brother but he could prove to be a much tougher proposition than many think. Of course we will have a much clearer view on whether Vitali faces Haye or not after March 19. It will of course depend on how he fares against Solis.

The final details of where and exactly when Haye vs Klitschko will take place is not certain yet but Wladimir’s manager Berd Boente has confirmed there are a few options."It is not 100 per cent going to be in Germany," Boente said. "If everything goes the right way from a revenue point we are all winners.
"The stadiums in Dortmund, Gelsenkirchen and Kaiserslautern are available and very interested in staging it. There are two or three other options that we are exploring in other countries."

Ever since a Haye vs Klitschko fight was first mooted back in 2009 negotiations have not been straight forward but lets just hope the exact date and venue is decided soon.

March 8, 2011
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