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Trouble Once Again: Klitschko-Haye Press Conferences in Germany and UK Canceled

It doesn't appear that Wladimir Klitschko's July fight with David Haye is in imminent danger, but warning signs have arrived. (Photo by Alexandra Beier/Bongarts/Getty Images)
It doesn't appear that Wladimir Klitschko's July fight with David Haye is in imminent danger, but warning signs have arrived. (Photo by Alexandra Beier/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.

Gareth A Davies of the Telegraph reports that press conferences in Germany and the United Kingdom for the July 2 fight between Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye have been canceled, leading obviously to the rumor that the long-awaited megafight is once again on the verge of being canceled.

Davies does say that it appears the fight is still on, but there is more behind-the-scenes battling to be done:

Sky Box Office, Haye’s quasi-promoters for this event as it is they who now notify the British media of official press opportunities with the British fighter, issued a brief statement yesterday, indicating that there "were issues still to be resolved". This is understood to be related more to the sequence of news and press briefings rather than the contest itself, an on-off, two year affair.

There are still many who seem to firmly believe this fight will once again not actually come to pass. It was first signed in 2009, with Haye pulling out claiming injury when his TV network Setanta Sports went under. After that, Haye was thought to have signed a fight with Vitali Klitschko for September 2009, but he backed out late in negotiations there to instead fight Nikolai Valuev.

The fight started being discussed again late last year after Klitschko signed to fight British champion Dereck Chisora, which was to happen in December, following Haye's laughable November win over Audley Harrison. Wladimir pulled out of the fight with Chisora, then pulled out of a rescheduled April date. Shortly after, he and Haye agreed to a deal, and recently announced a July 2 date in Germany.

For now, it does not appear the fight is in imminent danger. But given the history between the two sides, and the egos involved (and I mean both sides there, too), this certainly isn't going to make any doubter more convinced that we'll actually see the fight.

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