26 Dec 2010

Klitschkos promise fight with WBA champion Haye in 2011

8:24 am on 26 December 2010

Ukraine boxing brothers Vladimir and Vitali Klitschko, who hold four out of five world heavyweight title crowns, have promised a much-anticipated fight with WBA champion David Haye will take place next year.

The brothers told Germany's Bild newspaper that Haye can choose which brother to fight and lose his world title to.

Vladimir, who holds the WBO, IBF and IBO belts, pulled out of his bout against Briton Dereck Chisora on December 11th with a stomach muscle injury. Vitali retained his WBC world heavyweight title by beating American Shannon Briggs on points in October.

Haye easily defended his WBA title against fellow Briton Audley Harrison in Manchester on November 13th and had been due to fight Vladimir, the younger of the brothers, in June last year but withdrew citing an injury.

A Haye-Klitschko fight would certainly generate major media attention, especially now that many of the Klitschko world title defences get no or hardly any live coverage in North America.

It is also the only fight that would give the Klitschkos the title of undisputed heavyweight champions of the world, given they will not fight each other.