Harry Pratt

Haye in it for ‘glory’ in addition to money

David Haye reckons 10 million British pounds ($16.3 million) sounds about right when estimating his likely payday in Hamburg next month.

Little wonder, then, that the WBA beltholder is adamant that his heavyweight title unification showdown with Wladimir Klitschko on July 2 will be his last bout ever if Vitali Klitschko is not available before Haye’s long-planned retirement date of October 13, his 31st birthday, comes around.

After all, the British star, who has negotiated a 50-50 split of the total revenue raised from the summer spectacular in Germany, is guaranteed to be laughing all the way to the bank whatever the result in the ring.

Not that he is overly concerned by the financial figures right now. Indeed, Haye acknowledges that it’s difficult to predict with accuracy how much money he will make from his clash against the WBO and IBF titleholder.

“It depends on how many people buy the pay-per-view and it depends on ticket sales. But I’m not anticipating missing any meals after this,” Haye said on BBC Radio. "I really genuinely haven’t got a clue how much I will get. It may sound crazy but I haven’t really thought about it.

“If it was £10m I wouldn’t be surprised and I wouldn’t bat an eyelid. I wouldn’t think, 'that’s a hell of a lot' or 'that’s nothing.' If it’s £5m, £10m or £15m, it is what it’s going to be."

A bulging bank balance, according to Haye, is irrelevant compared with the prospect of him returning to England in three weeks time with three world titles to his name.

“As long as I have got those belts around my waist at the end of the fight that’s the only thing that matters to me," he said. "If I was in it simply for the money, then I would end up losing the fight.

“I have to be in it for the glory, I have to be in it to unify the titles. To do that on foreign territory isn’t going to be easy. But I have done it in the past, and it’s 100 per cent certain that I will do it again."

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