WBA heavyweight champion David Haye has agreed to a 50:50 of proceeds from a unification clash against WBO/IBF world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko in 2011. The Klitschko Camp has set a deadline of January 4 to agree terms for the unification clash, and Haye’s trainer and manager Adam Booth claims all previous stumbling blocks have been removed. “We are now perfectly positioned to get together and make this fight with Wladimir Klitschko,” said Booth. “We have sorted out all the old problems and disagreements and are ready to sign the deal both (Klitschko’s manager) Bernd Boente and I discussed on Sky Sports’ Ringside show in November.
“Despite the fact we know we bring more UK television money to the table, David and I are happy to split the entire pot 50:50 and grant Wladimir the deal he has wanted since day one. We have offered them 50:50 on everything – just as they requested – and now see no reason why this tremendous fight can’t happen. The path is clear.”
The 30-year-old Haye shares Booth’s positivity and insists that, should Klitschko want the fight as much as he does, there will no longer be any reason for the unification clash not to happen in 2011.
“We have now ticked every box they have asked us to tick and I just hope Wladimir is as eager to fight as he tells everyone he is,” said Haye, 25-1 (23 KO) in his pro career. “We have removed every possible excuse and have shown we are serious about making this fight become a reality. I’ll smoke him out if I have to.
“I only pray Wladimir is as serious as we are, because this fight needs to happen for the good of the sport.”