Wladimir Klitschko ends David Haye talks
By Gareth A Davies
Wladimir Klitschko has pulled the plug on Londoner David Haye's hopes of challenging the giant Ukrainian world heavyweight champion this summer after suspending negotiations for the voluntary defence.
Klitschko, the World Boxing Organisation and International Boxing Federation title-holder, put a statement out through his website, Klitschko.com, on Wednedsay. The website is in four different language sections â€“ German, Russian, Ukrainian and English. In the Ukrainian language section, Klitschko stated that plans are underway to face an alternative opponent â€“ most likely the unbeaten American heavyweight Chris Arreola.
"Haye can't figure out what he wants," Klitschko stated on his website. "Two weeks ago, negotiations were coming along but at this time they have been suspended. If Haye plans to continue in the same way it will be two more years before he gets his chance to reach a title fight.
"We will fight Chris Arreola or find someone else. The main problem is the lack of professionalism on the part of David Haye and his representatives," Klitschko added.
Michael Jennings goes to Madison Square Garden, New York, on Saturday night as a massive underdog against Miguel Cotto, the Puerto Rican former WBC champion, whose last 13 fights have been for world titles.
The Lancashire boxer, fighting at world level for the first time, insists he is not fazed by the step up. "I don't think this could have come at a better time for me," said Jennings, with a record of 34-1. "I've got the experience from all my fights, amateur and professional, and it has all built -up to this. This fight has come at the right time for me, definitely."
Jennings added: "This is the opportunity against the best in the world to see how good I am. I've already beaten the European champion - so what do you do? You just keep on looking for better things. I'm going to take the opportunity, without a doubt, and give it my best shot."
I'm gonna have to be killed before I lose, and I ain't going to die easy - Muhammad Ali