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Vitali Klitschko vs David Haye: "Serious Talks" for March Fight

Vitali Klitschko is said to be in "serious talks" to face David Haye on March 3, 2012. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Vitali Klitschko is said to be in "serious talks" to face David Haye on March 3, 2012. (Photo by Boris Streubel/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Lem Satterfield of RingTV.com reports that there are "serious talks" for a fight between WBC heavyweight titlist Vitali Klitschko and David Haye, which would take place in Germany, March 2012.

Haye is said to be in serious talks with the Vitali Klitschko's camp for a bout likely on March 3 in Dusseldorf, Germany, according to several sources familiar with negotiations who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Haye (25-2, 23 KO) laid an egg in his long-awaited July 2 crack at Wladimir Klitschko, and met intense criticism of his performance (or non-performance, as it were) after having talked major trash about the brothers for three years.

Following the fight, demand for Haye was low, but one man still wanted to see him fight again. That man was Vitali Klitschko (43-2, 40 KO), the older brother known as the emotional of the Klitschkos, who maintained that he badly wanted to finish what little brother started, and knock out the brash Brit. After defeating Tomasz Adamek on September 10, Vitali again made his interest clear.

But on October 11, David Haye chose not to renew his boxing license, and a couple of days later officially announced a "retirement." He'd always planned to retire in October 2011, but did note that he'd be interested in fighting a Klitschko again.

He may now get that chance. I think most of us have expected that this fight would come to fruition, or at the very least that the sides would legitimately negotiate. Whether or not Haye, who now has little leverage, will bend to what he and manager/trainer Adam Booth have called unfair contracts from the Klitschko team, is another story.

But it's out there. They're talking. What's your interest level on a scale of 1-5?

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