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David Haye's trainer Adam Booth has turned up the heat on the Wladimir Klitschko camp by claiming the Ukrainian has turned down their latest offer for a fight despite it matching his previous demands.

 

The two camps have held repeated talks for the best part of three years with regard to putting together a fight, but for various reasons a deal has never been agreed. The heavyweight division needs a big match-up following a series of poor shows and a showdown between Haye and either Wladimir or his brother Vitali is the obvious box-office draw.

 

Booth held talks with Klitschko's manager Bernd Boente and came away from the negotiating table deeply frustrated.

 

"I have been negotiating with Bernd Boente, Klitschko's manager, and two days ago I offered him a 50-50 split of everything, including the British pay-per-view money," Booth said. "And that the fight could be on RTL [the German TV station] and could be held anywhere they wanted to make the most revenue, including in Germany.

 

"Those were the only two points we were negotiating. But Boente came back and said: 'No point continuing. Forget about it. You do your fight and we'll do ours.' Wladimir was copied in on all the emails so I don't know why they are refusing. That is the question Boente refused to answer. Either Wladimir does not want to fight David Haye or it is because they have this deal with RTL and they want to get that fight out of the way."

 

Haye has claimed he will "smoke him out if I have to" but Boente has a different slant on things. "Adam Booth is talking complete nonsense," Boente is quoted as saying in the Guardian. "What he is not saying is that he has told me that if there is another German TV deal for the fight that is better than RTL then we should pay the difference. We have to honour our contract with RTL. Even if ARD [the rival German broadcaster] were to offer to pay more it would only be €300,000-€400,000, which is peanuts when compared with the worldwide pay-per-view [receipts].

 

"I am now in Florida and Wladimir is near where I am. I called him and he said he would love to have the fight."

http://www.espn.co.uk/boxing/sport/story/63778.html?CMP=OTC-RSS

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If Booth was removed from the picture, and a more experienced negotiator brought in, I reckon this fight would be signed asap.

 

100% agree.

Other than hitting it lucky with the Valuev fight, Haye's biggest fights have largely been mandatories or a strong desire by the other party to make the fight.

I don't believe a thing coming from the Haye camp anymore, and Booth has set Haye back a couple of years.

I think in Wlad going in his own direction, and Vitali already being set up to face mandatory Solis, they are putting the pressure back on Haye to make the fight.

They know that it is HIM who has nowhere else to go, and with his retirement deadline looming, he should be in a far better negotiating position.

I don't believe for a second that Booth has all of a sudden had some massive change of heart and decided to now offer them a full 50% share of the purse, a stick on the German TV network AND giving them their choice of venue.

There's not a hope in hell he conceded on everything, and if he did, then you have to wonder what his problem was in the first place, if it was so easy to agree to these things all of a sudden now!

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If Booth was removed from the picture, and a more experienced negotiator brought in, I reckon this fight would be signed asap.

 

100% agree.

Other than hitting it lucky with the Valuev fight, Haye's biggest fights have largely been mandatories or a strong desire by the other party to make the fight.

I don't believe a thing coming from the Haye camp anymore, and Booth has set Haye back a couple of years.

I think in Wlad going in his own direction, and Vitali already being set up to face mandatory Solis, they are putting the pressure back on Haye to make the fight.

They know that it is HIM who has nowhere else to go, and with his retirement deadline looming, he should be in a far better negotiating position.

I don't believe for a second that Booth has all of a sudden had some massive change of heart and decided to now offer them a full 50% share of the purse, a stick on the German TV network AND giving them their choice of venue.

There's not a hope in hell he conceded on everything, and if he did, then you have to wonder what his problem was in the first place, if it was so easy to agree to these things all of a sudden now!

 

Perfect post.

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So Hayes camp again works their way out of the fight, i said this 8 months ago but let me repeat it, Hayes camp has no intention of throwing him in with a Klitschko, they have everything to gain and little to lose, but they won't put a paper WBA belt (won from a line that saw Lewis SELL the belt) up as they would rather face Harrison and fighters of that ilk.

 

David Haye, sir, you are what all the greats wish they were, a walking, talking money making billboard who never had to face a true fighter.

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