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David Haye camp dismiss Wladimir Klitschko claim

Klitschko ready for July date with Haye

By Sanjeev Shetty

David Haye's manager has dismissed the suggestion that the WBA heavyweight champion has been offered a date to fight Wladimir Klitschko.

WBO and IBF heavyweight champion Klitschko, 34, said on Monday he was waiting to see whether Haye would accept a fight on 2 July.

But Adam Booth claims he has not heard from the Ukrainian's team this year.

Haye, 30, is scheduled to fight mandatory challenger Ruslan Chagaev in England in May at an undecided venue.

"I haven't heard from their camp since December," Booth told BBC Sport.

Booth also criticised Klitschko's next scheduled title defence, against Britain's Dereck Chisora.

"Wladimir has got to stop deceiving boxing fans and not take on 14 fight novices," he said.

Meanwhile, Klitschko told BBC Sport: "I think after talking so much nonsense, he [Haye] has to show up in the ring.

"He's been trying to be smart, but eventually he's put himself in the corner. And he's talking about legacy? I don't see any legacy with him," he said.

"I know the British fans are looking forward to this fight and I'm looking forward to satisfying the British fans to fight David Haye," he added.

"I'm right here, and I'm confirming that 2 July is the date for the fight - either David Haye takes it or he leaves the whole thing."

Klitschko also denied a disagreement over money was preventing the fight from taking place.

"We are agreed on the money so we split everything 50-50, but money is not an issue right now," he said.

The Ukranian also admitted that he is not bothered whether the fight takes place in the UK or not, saying "it doesn't matter".

see also
Haye hopes dented by Adamek deal
26 Jan 11 |  Boxing
Haye downbeat on Klitschko fight
06 Jan 11 |  Boxing
Chisora & Klitschko bout back on
05 Jan 11 |  Boxing
Klitschkos ready to take on Haye
25 Dec 10 |  Boxing
Haye offers Wladimir 50-50 split
21 Dec 10 |  Boxing

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