Unable to land a fight with WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko, former WBA heavyweight titlist David Haye announced today in London that that he will fight on June 29 fight at the Manchester Arena in Manchester, England. Haye said he wants to fight twice this year to make himself mandatory challenger and force a fight with one of the Klitschkos. Five opponents are being considered and manager Adam Booth will announce the name “in the near future.”
Earlier this week Vitali Klitschko told BBC Ukraine that Haye turned down a fight with him last year and now he must wait. “Last September I gave a proposal to David Haye to fight me in Moscow,” said Klitschko. “David Haye had a contract and didn’t want to do that and instead of fighting me he fought Chisora. How long [should] I have to wait for David Haye? I gave him a proposal and he didn’t take it.” Booth complains that the Klitschko camp ignored his emails.
Former Gold medalist Olympian Audley Harrison (31-6, 23 KOs) confirmed to fightnews that he will indeed fight unbeaten Deontay Wilder (27-0, 27 KOs). Harrison is currently training at the New York City Boxing Club in Canoga Park, California. The gym’s owner is Phil Paolina who is training Harrison in preparation for his upcoming bout with Wilder. Paolina also trained Harrison prior to his winning his second Prizefighter event last month. “I will fight Wilder on April 27th on the undercard of Amir Khan vs Julio Diaz in the UK. I will train here for a few more weeks with Phil before heading off to the UK. Training is going really good and I will be ready. It’s up to Wilder to show he has the goods,” said Harrison.
Queens District Attorney Richard A. Brown today announced that current WBC welterweight champion Robert Guerrero has been arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport and charged with illegally traveling with an unloaded pistol and three unloaded high capacity bullet magazines. The weapon and 15-bullet clips were discovered during a routine pre-flight check-in this morning.
District Attorney Brown said, “I hope that Mr. Guerrero fights better than he thinks. For anyone who hasn’t gotten the message, let me be crystal clear. You cannot bring an unlicensed weapon – loaded or unloaded – into this county or this city. And if you do you will be arrested and face felony charges.”