Wladimir Klitschko is NOT confirming yet that his unification bout with David Haye has been called off, claiming he will fight the UK titlist as part of three-fight 2011 schedule.
Yesterday, David Haye and his management team proclaimed the Klitschko fight “dead” after Wladimir opted to face upstart Dereck Chisora on April 3o. The move ensures that Haye has to face his WBA mandatory opponent, Ruslan Chagaev, or be stripped of his title. The earliest PPV date available to Haye would be in May, which he states would be too close to turn around and train and promote a Klitschko PPV fight on July 2.
While not directly addressing Haye’s issue, Klitschko maintains that after Chisora, he plans to still face Haye before moving onto Polish heavyweight contender Tomasz Adamek. Despite not having fought in the United States since 2008, Klitschko believes Adamek has cultivated enough of a following to generate a lucrative live gate in America. Adamek now fights almost exclusively out of the Newark, New Jersey’s Prudential Center, which has a strong surrounding Polish community.
“I don’t care where I fight [Adamek]. What I care about is a full stadium,” Klitschko told the NY Post. “I know that he has a good following there. So it’s possible this year after Haye, we’ll take Adamek. We have agreed to fight on July 2 [against David Haye]. We’ve got the date confirmed from Sky for a pay-per-view fight. It’s valid. But I don’t want to wait that long so I’m taking a fight in between. Then we’ll roll on to David Haye.”
Klitschko reiterated that his main reason for taking the Chisora bout is to stay active. However, the Ukrainian champion added that the fight was insurance in case negotiations failed again.