A contract is officially on the table and being reviewed by David Haye's team for a March 3 fight with Vitali Klitschko, The Sun reports today.
Haye's manager Adam Booth said: "We have received a contract to fight Vitali Klitschko and our lawyers are looking at the details of what has been offered."
Haye (25-2, 23 KO) bombed in his chance against Wladimir Klitschko on July 3 in Hamburg, before an enormous live crowd and a huge worldwide audience. Since then, demand for Haye to return to the ring has been limited, but Vitali (43-2, 40 KO) has made clear that he wants to finish what his younger brother started, and knock out the family rival.
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I know some are wondering if there's interest in this fight, with the idea that there isn't, but yes, there is. It will do another big live gate in Germany, will generate plenty of money, and will have at least a little intrigue. Haye seems almost ashamed of himself since July, and did announce an iffy retirement in October, as promised.
The question is open, though: Will Haye fight Vitali simply for another paycheck to pad his retirement, or is he going to come to win this time? He's going to have to take risks, because you can't beat either Klitschko playing it safe.
It looks like this fight is going to happen. Negotiations have been ongoing and if a contract is on the table, we're talking a real possibility.
Klitschko is reportedly booked for March 3 at ESPIRIT Arena in Düsseldorf regardless of opponent.