Klitschko hits Haye with shedload of demands
Having got past the TV money issue, with Haye agreeing to split all revenues from the fight evenly even though he brings in more TV cash, The Sun is reporting that the IBF, IBO and WBO heavyweight king is also demanding a German doctor in his corner; that his name goes first on all advertising; and that Haye enters the ring first as he only holds the WBA title.
The news will come as a blow after quotes from Golden Boy CEO Richard Schaefer on Monday suggested that the only sticking point was finding a date that did not interfere with the football season and could be accommodated by both Sky Sports in the UK and RTL in Germany.
Schaefer told the LA Times, ‘David wants the fight. We are working now on the date and the venue.’ Before going on to offer ‘the largest soccer stadiums in Europe’ as possible venues.
It seems being difficult at the negotiating table runs in the family as older brother Vitali Klitschko has also seen his talks with unbeaten WBC mandatory challenger Odlanier Solis stall.
Solis, an Olympic heavyweight gold medallist in 2004, has vowed to make Klistchko pay for his deal-making shenanigans, claiming, ‘Vitali is trying to take advantage of me. I will make him pay for that.
‘This is not about money. It’s about respect. The Klitschkos seem to think I’m just another opponent like the last tomato cans they cherry picked so Vitali could easily beat them up.’