Adam Booth, David Haye’s manager, confirmed that he has spoken to Audley Harrison’s representatives about the possibility of an all-British heavyweight showdown later this year, but insists that no contract discussions have taken place.
Booth emphasized that Harrison is one of six possible opponents for Haye, who in his last fight stopped a game John Ruiz in nine rounds.
Haye, who currently holds the WBA title, has repeatedly called out the Klitschko brothers, but never gone through with a fight with either of them despite signing on the dotted line twice last year. The younger Klitschko brother, Wladimir, called out Haye through YouTube, but it looks like the fans will have to wait until 2011 to see Wladimir and Haye in the ring together.
Audley Harrison so far has failed to live up to the hype since claiming Olympic gold in the super-heavyweight category in Sydney 2000. Today, he vacated his European crown that he won with a last-gasp knockout of Michael Sprott.
Harrison suffered a torn pectoral muscle in that fight, and insists that he has recovered from the injury. This would undoubtedly be ‘A-Force’ biggest career fight as he has never competed at world level in the professional ranks.
In related news, it looks like Wladimir Klitschko will fight his IBF mandatory challenger Alexander Povetkin in his next bout, as both sides have began contract talks for an all-Ukranian title showdown. Bernd Boente, Klitschko’s manager, is adamant that Haye is “running scared” from both of the brothers.