Added by Tania Sullivan on January 14, 2011
Talks of clash between Ukrainian Wladimir Klitschko and Britain’s WBA heavyweight champion David Haye in coming July collapsed after the latter refused to permit the former to compete against Dereck Chisora in April.
Dereck Chisora has participated in 44 bouts fewer than Wladimir Klitschko and has remained unbeaten in the last 14 bouts.
David Haye’s team fears that Wladimir Klitschko would not be prepared for another major bout after competing in a high profile match in April.
On the other hand, Emanuel Steward, Wladimir Klitschko’s trainer said that Haye had backed out of a bout last year and that his commitment level was suspect.
The disagreements lead to collapse of the talks and there is no clear date on which the two fighters are expected to clash.
The trainer spoke of the importance of tackling the enthusiasm and aggressiveness of the younger fighter. Although he stressed that Wladimir was better off because of his experience, he still spoke of the importance of being prepared.
The trainer Emanuel Steward also expressed respect for David Haye as a professional fighter.
He said that he often needled the fighter as a part of media hype in the past but confirmed that he held the pugilist in high esteem.