Tommy Barber – London
Adam Booth, trainer of former heavyweight champion David Haye, was threatened with arrest for “shoving” and “punching” German cameramen while he worked his ward’s corner during their attempted unification with Wladimir Klitschko’s titles on July 2. The Briton wants a rematch, something Wlad won’t allow according to Bernd Boente, the Ukrainian’s manager, who added that Vitali remained eager to knock him out.
The police were called
and they threatened
to have me arrested
“During rounds one and two there was a cameraman in my corner,” Adam Booth explained to the Daily Star when reflecting on the highly-hyped heavyweight showdown between long-time rivals Haye and Klitschko. “I couldn’t see anything,” he added.
“I kept shoving him and gave him a dead leg and then the police were called and they threatened to have me arrested. All I could do was to punch his leg to get him out of the way. Someone from RTL [German broadcaster] got the police to come over while the fight was on.
Booth continued: “He was dragged away from my corner and someone from our team grabbed hold of the cameraman’s TV cable to keep him away.”
The multi-belt unification contest – as scored and reported by On The Beak‘s Alan Dawson here – received written scorn from fight scribes across the globe who believed the bout delivered little of it’s promise, a notion countered by OTB‘s Petra Kirsch here.
Haye (25-2-0, 23ko) dropped a unanimous decision loss to Wladimir (56-3-0, 49ko), who boxed efficiently by oft utilising his jab while positioning his feet awkwardly so he became a frustrating target for the inactive Haye to land on.
Haye won few rounds and the only round he was the clear victor in was the 12th, where he finally took control of the centre of the ring, hunted for Klitschko’s head and landed an overhand right that forced Wladimir to tie-up, however, as was a common motif throughout the contest, the remainder of Haye’s power punches were air-shots. Wladimir’s victory, ensured he added the WBA belt to his growing collection of world titles that already included the WBO, IBF, IBO and The Ring’s championships.
The Londoner had long stated pre-fight that it was his intention to hang up his gloves and embark on an acting career in Hollywood, USA, as he did not want to fight past his 31st birthday on October 13. Bowing out in such an underwhelming manner, though, has made Haye reassess that plan and he has already spoken of his desire to rematch Wlad.
Bernd Boente, the manager behind both Klitschko brothers, Wladimir and Vitali, has dashed any hopes the Hayemaker had of achieving a second shot at the younger sibling, who told BBC Radio 5 Live: “There’s no chance of a rematch.
“Wladimir will now move on,” he added, before indicating that the older brother Vitali (42-2-0, 39ko), who holds the WBC version of the world championship, would be eager to fight Haye. “Vitali (pictured below) mentioned he would be interested in knocking Haye out. The fight could happen later this year or at the beginning of next year.”
Meanwhile, a more immediate opponent for Wladimir could be the winner of the upcoming domestic fight between British and Commonwealth heavyweight titlist Dereck Chisora (14-0-0, 9ko) – who twice had a bout with Wladimir booked only to have both arrangements called off due to abdominal injuries sustained by Klitschko – and Tyson Fury (14-0-0, 10ko). Both Brits are undefeated, yet inexperienced on a world level.
“An interesting future opponent for him could be the winner of that fight,” said Boente.