Kl­itschkos prom­ise fight with WBA cham­pion Haye

The Pak Banker - - I Nternational -

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

"We prom­ise that a fight with David will take place in 2011, the broth­ers told Ger­man Bild news­pa­per. "He can choose who of the two of us he will fight and will lose his world ti­tle to," they said. Vladimir, who holds the WBO, IBF and IBO belts, pulled out of his bout against Briton Dereck Chisora on De­cem­ber 11 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, Eng­land, on Novem­ber 13.

He 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 de­fenses 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. -Ap

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