Boxing: David Haye future remains uncertain

David Haye's management are in discussions over a fight with Vitali Klitschko to take place early next year, according to the Klitschko brothers' promoter Bernd Boente.

Boente revealed he had spoken with Haye's trainer and manager Adam Booth today and been told that while the Briton plans to announce his retirement on Thursday, his 31st birthday, he would return to the ring should a fight with Vitali be agreed.



The British Boxing Board of Control confirmed to Press Association Sport that Booth had told them the former WBA heavyweight champion, who lost a unification bout to Wladimir in Hamburg in July, does not wish to renew his licence to fight.



"David's Haye's manager Adam Booth always told me that he will officially retire on Thursday, I think his 31st birthday, but that he would definitely come back if there is a fight against Vitali or a rematch against Wladimir. So this option is still there," Boente told Sky Sports News.



"Adam and myself actually just spoke with each other and we are in constant contact. We are still waiting for some numbers from British TV and then we'll see if the business case is realistic and then we will do the fight or Vitali will fight another opponent in February or March next year.



"A re-match with Wladimir makes no sense because there are no questions after the first fight and you can only promote a fight if there is a certain thrill. But against Vitali it's different. Vitali has a totally different style.



Vitali said after the fight (in July) he wants to finish what his brother didn't do, meaning knock out David Haye and David said he likes Vitali's style, that would fit him more."



Haye has long stated his intention to hang up his gloves by his 31st birthday.

But Boente added on Sky Sports News: "Both fighters are willing to do the fight, but it only depends on the business case."



Asked how likely the bout was to happen, Boente replied: "If the business case is realistic, 100%.



"We have to discuss with different British TV stations, we have to discuss with US TV stations, we have to discuss with RTL, our TV partner in Germany, and then when we have all the numbers on the table and know where the fight will happen, we go from there.



"A realistic time frame is from mid-February to mid-March. This fight will definitely have to be in a soccer stadium again and then we have to see what stadiums are available and then we make the next step.



"We definitely want a soccer stadium with a roof and we have here in Germany three different ones so let's see what's possible there.



"We have to move quickly because if the fight is at the end of February, beginning of March, as I would expect, we have to do the first press conference after Wladimir's fight against Jean-Marc Mormeck on December 10, before Christmas.



"This way or that way Vitali will definitely fight in February, March his next fight, either against David Haye or someone else. So we have to move quickly. We are also discussing with other opponents because we can't 100% depend on David Haye."



BBBC general secretary Robert Smith told Press Association Sport this morning he had been contacted by Booth to tell him Haye did not wish to renew his boxing licence.



"I had a telephone conversation at the end of last week with his manager Adam Booth, who told me what their intentions were and they confirmed it at the beginning of this week," Smith said.



He added: "The fight (against Wladimir) didn't work out as well as he or all of us wanted, but that's sport. He's been popular, he's been exciting and he's been a good boxer."



Haye opted to move up from cruiserweight to heavyweight in 2008 and won his first fight at the new level against Monte Barrett in November of that year.



Injury forced him to pull out of a planned fight with Vitali the following year, but he claimed the WBA title in November 2009 with a points defeat of giant Russian Nikolai Valuev.



He successfully defended his title twice - against John Ruiz and Audley Harrison - before setting up the much-anticipated unification bout with Wladimir .



The Germany-based Ukrainian triumphed on points in Hamburg, with Haye claiming his mobility had been impaired by a broken toe on his right foot during training for the fight.



PA

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Sport
Wembley Stadium
footballNews follows deal with Germany
Arts and Entertainment
A spell in the sun: Emma Stone and Colin Firth star in ‘Magic in the Moonlight’
filmReview: Magic In The Moonlight
Voices
voicesApple continually kill off smaller app developers, and that's no good for anyone
Sport
A 'Sir Alex Feguson' tattoo
football

Arts and Entertainment
Ben Whishaw is replacing Colin Firth as the voice of Paddington Bear
tv

Thriller is set in the secret world of British espionage

Life and Style
life

News
ScienceGallery: Otherwise known as 'the best damn photos of space you'll see till 2015'
Life and Style
fashion

Bomber jacket worn by Mary Berry sells out within an hour

Life and Style
tech
Sport
Andros Townsend is challenged by Vladimir Volkov
football
Caption competition
Caption competition
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Y1 Teacher

£90 - £120 per day: Randstad Education Leicester: Y1 Teacher required for a So...

Senior Financial Services Associate - City

Highly Competitive Package: Austen Lloyd: CITY - FINANCIAL SERVICES - Senior...

Residential Property

Very Competitive: Austen Lloyd: Residential Conveyancer - Wiltshire We have a...

Y5 Teacher

£90 - £120 per day: Randstad Education Leicester: Long term position for a KS2...

Day In a Page

Mystery of the Ground Zero wedding photo

A shot in the dark

Mystery of the wedding photo from Ground Zero
His life, the universe and everything

His life, the universe and everything

New biography sheds light on comic genius of Douglas Adams
Save us from small screen superheroes

Save us from small screen superheroes

Shows like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D are little more than marketing tools
Reach for the skies

Reach for the skies

From pools to football pitches, rooftop living is looking up
These are the 12 best hotel spas in the UK

12 best hotel spas in the UK

Some hotels go all out on facilities; others stand out for the sheer quality of treatments
These Iranian-controlled Shia militias used to specialise in killing American soldiers. Now they are fighting Isis, backed up by US airstrikes

Widespread fear of Isis is producing strange bedfellows

Iranian-controlled Shia militias that used to kill American soldiers are now fighting Isis, helped by US airstrikes
Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Topshop goes part Athena poster, part last spring Prada

Shoppers don't come to Topshop for the unique
How to make a Lego masterpiece

How to make a Lego masterpiece

Toy breaks out of the nursery and heads for the gallery
Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Meet the ‘Endies’ – city dwellers who are too poor to have fun

Urbanites are cursed with an acronym pointing to Employed but No Disposable Income or Savings
Paisley’s decision to make peace with IRA enemies might remind the Arabs of Sadat

Ian Paisley’s decision to make peace with his IRA enemies

His Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign would surely have been supported by many a Sunni imam
'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

'She was a singer, a superstar, an addict, but to me, her mother, she is simply Amy'

Exclusive extract from Janis Winehouse's poignant new memoir
Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

Is this the role to win Cumberbatch an Oscar?

The Imitation Game, film review
England and Roy Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption in Basel

England and Hodgson take a joint step towards redemption

Welbeck double puts England on the road to Euro 2016
Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Relatives fight over Vivian Maier’s rare photos

Pictures removed from public view as courts decide ownership
‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

‘Fashion has to be fun. It’s a big business, not a cure for cancer’

Donatella Versace at New York Fashion Week