Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Haye Must Split Prize Pot or Forget about the Klitschkos; Manager of the Ukrainian Brothers Says Unification Fight "Will Never Happen" Unless Englishman Agrees to Share [Pounds Sterling]20m Fight Purse. by David Smith

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Haye Must Split Prize Pot or Forget about the Klitschkos; Manager of the Ukrainian Brothers Says Unification Fight "Will Never Happen" Unless Englishman Agrees to Share [Pounds Sterling]20m Fight Purse. by David Smith

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Byline: David Smith

DAVID HAYE was today warned that a world heavyweight title unification fight against one of the Klitschko brothers will not take place unless he agrees to an equal share of pay-per-view television income in Britain that could be worth [pounds sterling]20million. Haye followed up a quickfire defence of his WBA championship against Audley Harrison at the MEN Arena in Manchester on Saturday by demanding a unification bout with either Wladimir Klitschko, holder of the IBF and WBO titles, or the Ukrainian's older sibling, Vitali, who has the WBC belt.

But while Adam Booth, Haye's trainer and chief negotiator, claimed a showdown with at least one of the Klitschkos will definitely happen in 2011, new doubts have been raised over the chances of contracts being agreed.

Bernd Bonte, manager of the Germany-based Klitschkos, insisted a Klitschko versus Haye fight "will never happen" unless all worldwide broadcasting income was evenly split.

He added: "And it would not be 50-50 if Haye was to keep the British pay-perview money and we only keep the German money, which is way less.

"So either both sides put everything in one pot, or that fight will never happen.

It would be a massive fight, maybe the biggest fight you can do in boxing at the moment, and we are ready to go. If it is 50-50 of everything, we can sign the deal next week."

While Sky rarely reveals pay-per-view subscription figures, it is understood over 700,000 subscribers generated income of up to [pounds sterling]11m from Saturday's clash. From that, Haye is thought to have earned [pounds sterling]5m while Harrison banked around [pounds sterling]1.2m for landing just one punch before the former Olympic gold medalist was stopped 113 seconds into the third round.

The Klitschko brothers are backed by RTL, Germany's largest private free-toair television company. …

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