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David Haye and WBC Make Peace, Vital Klitschko Fight Possible in 2013

David Haye could wind up in the ring with Vitali Klitschko in early 2013. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
David Haye could wind up in the ring with Vitali Klitschko in early 2013. (Photo by Scott Heavey/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.

David Haye and the WBC have ended their bitter, totally legitimate dispute that was definitely a real thing and not just a load of the usual WBC and Jose Sulaiman telenovela-style complete and utter nonsense, and that means that Haye could face Vitali Klitschko in early 2013 for the WBC heavyweight title.

You might recall that when Haye and Dereck Chisora got into a press conference brawl in February, Sulaiman and the WBC clutched at their hearts, not so much in physical pain as much as mental torture, seeing the sport of boxing -- which the WBC loves and has only done right by over the years, and has never grossly insulted or anything like that -- so disgraced by thuggery.

Haye then fought Chisora under the auspices of the hilarious "Luxembourg Boxing Federation," which is about as real a thing as the WBC's outrage ever has been, and won a convincing fifth round TKO in front of a big crowd at Upton Park in London.

Though the WBO and WBA had two minor titles on the line in that fight, the WBC, valorous champions of honor that they are, vowed to bar the fighters or whatever, and pull their support of Frank Warren fighters (Haye isn't one, but Chisora is), which was about as legitimate as anything the WBC does.

Vitali vs Haye is a huge fight, which I know some won't believe, but some believed Haye vs Chisora wasn't a huge fight, and the facts are not on their side. David Haye is a star fighter, which irks some people because he's kind of an ass and a loudmouth whose accomplishments are grander in his own mind than they are in reality, but the man is worth big money, and a fight with Vitali would draw big-time cash and crowd in Germany or London or anywhere else, basically.

Klitschko is facing Manuel Charr this Saturday in Moscow, a fight he's expected to win with ease. If he does, there's been talk of the 41-year-old champion (I use that word not to describe his title belt, but to describe the man) retiring from the sport, but there's business to be settled with Haye if everyone can get on the same page, and I believe he does want that fight.

Personally, I want to see it. Haye amuses me, and the Klitschkos are most fun on the rare occasions they have personal beefs with their opponents.

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