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Video Hype: David Haye Talks About Klitschko Demands

Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

David Haye sat down and discussed the history and upcoming fight between he and Wladimir Klitschko with ESPN's Kieran Mulvaney a few days ago.

Maybe the most interesting part of the interview deals with the contract for the fight, which is very different from what was reported in past negotiations between Haye and the Klitschko brothers, where Haye would have been obligated to rematch the brother he'd beaten or face the other brother.

Haye: "We got the deal that we wanted, which was a straight, 50-50 revenue split. And this is a one-fight deal. And I win this fight, and I'm a free agent to fight who I want, where I want, and that's the fight I wanted. That's how most fights should be made anyway, particularly when two people are bringing a lot into the pot. And I believe I'm putting more into the pot than he is. So I could in no way be expected to have all these crazy rematch clauses and restrictions that his usual contracts stipulate."

Haye also talked about Klitschko contract demands:

Haye: "He goes into the corner of his choice. He has the gloves of his choice. He has the ref, the judge, and pretty much everything else. Everything else other than the revenue is pretty much his way. And he said, 'If I don't come out to the ring second, the fight's not happening!' That was a deal-breaker for him."

I almost can't believe how excited I am for this fight. Maybe this one was "cooked" properly. They kept feeding us McDonald's-level Haye and Wladimir fights, and upping our hunger for a prime rib heavyweight fight. Now we've got it. And no, I don't think there's any chance this fight doesn't happen, unless Wladimir's nagging injuries are more serious than almost anyone believes.

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