Vitali Klitschko could meet former David Haye on March 3 at The ESPIRIT Arena in Düsseldorf, Germany, according to a source familiar with the negotiations. This corroborates statements given by the 31-year-old Haye to RingTV.com in September.
On his birthday on Oct. 13, Haye fulfilled his long-standing promise to retire from boxing by the time that he turned 31.
At that time, Haye denied any further negotiations about a fight with either Vitali Klitschko or his 35-year-old sibling, Wladimir Klitschko (56-3, 49 KOs), citing insufficient offers from the opposition.
Likewise, the Klitschko camp put an end to any speculation that talks were taking place.
But that has apparently changed for Haye, a winner of 15 straight bouts,13 of them by knockout before losing a decision to Wladimir Klitschko in July.
Vitali Klitschko is coming off a 10th-round knockout of Tomasz Adamek (43-2, 28 KOs) on Sept. 10, and is riding an 11-fight winning streak that includes nine stoppages.
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