WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko is certain that the financial issues surrounding fights with Nickolai Valuev and David Haye are smokescreens to hide their fear of him.
In a interview chat with Diamond Boxing, Klitschko first addressed Valuev, stating that the 7 foot tall Russian is squandering a rare world title opportunity over nonsense.
“How can there be a financial problem? He is not an official contender, not a champion, just a boxer. Plus I am giving him a bigger offer then he had ever been offered before: $1.5 million. I am putting a belt on the line for him. We try our best, but they are always coming up with more and more conditions,” Vitali explained. ” Don King is requesting that he be a co-promoter of this event, which is impossible. Then King want this fight to be shown on his choice of a TV channel, which is again out of the question because we have a licensure and contracts with German TV channel RTL. The situation is weird; I am trying to talk someone into fight me for the world championship.”
“This is ridiculous. Maybe for Valuev, the motivation of becoming the world champion is not important, maybe all he cares for is more and more money,” he speculated. “When I was given the opportunity to become the world champion, I left all else on the sidelines, the title was the most important thing. Money is a terrible motivator for boxing; you need to have the drive to be the best in the world. He doesn’t like this and doesn’t like that.”
The Klitschkos have been going back and forth in the media with David Haye’s camp regarding the reasons for their negotiation collapse. Both sides have alleged the other has lied about contract terms and doesn’t really want the fight. Vitali weighed in on the matter, stating again that it was David Haye who turned down a 50-50 purse split to fight his brother Wladimir. Last year, Haye pulled out at the last minute against Wladimir after suffering a back injury in camp.
Vitali is adamant that the fight is not being made because Haye is afraid to take a slow, prolonged beating, which in recent bouts has been the fate of many Klitschko opponents.
“Yes we have offered (a) 50/50 (split) to them. It’s more than fair; Wladimir is putting 3 belts on the line, while Haye is putting up one,” Vitali justified. “Nevertheless, we still wanted to make this fight happen thus offering such a crazy deal. I have a feeling that Haye is afraid. He has not been hurt in any of his previous fights. He knows very well that meeting in the ring with either of the Klitschko brothers will mean punishment, and an end to his championship.”
The Klitschko regin has been the subject of intense scrutiny from some fans and critics who believe the brothers have sunk the division with boring fights and overmatched opponents. Vitali is aware of the criticism, but argued that they can’t control the skill level or preparation of their opponents. In addition, the WBC titlist revealed he would be retire once all the heavyweight belts were under the Klitschko name.
“I will give my belts as a present to my brother. He is the best in the world, and the strongest one in the world. Wladimir is a brilliant boxer. I will also open the door for the other boxers, Vitali promised. “I have heard people around the world saying that there is a crisis in boxing right now, and the name of that crisis is the Klitschko brothers. Nobody can beat the brothers, and they keep all belts in the family. After we take the last belt, it should be time for me to say goodbye. ”
At press time Vitali Klitschko does not have a opponent scheduled for his next defense.
His last bout was a dominant 10th round KO over Albert Sosnowski on May 29.
The entire interview can be read HERE.