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Klitschko offers 50-50 split to tempt Haye into ring

WBC heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko has offered to split the difference with David Haye in a renewed bid to make their much-anticipated world heavyweight title unification match a reality.

Klitschko has thrown down a challenge to Haye in the wake of the Englishman's facile WBA title defence against Audley Harrison, insisting he will accept a “50-50” purse split and would be happy to fight in England.

Previous attempts to line up a clash between Haye and Klitschko or his younger brother Wladimir have been scuppered by arguments over prospective venues and TV revenues.

Klitschko said: “I'm ready any minute to sign a 50-50 contract. We are both world champions so let's fight. Let's make the fight in the spring time — I'm ready, the question is for David Haye.

Meanwhile the fall-out from Haye's apparent assertion on Saturday night that he had bet on himself to beat Audley Harrison in the third round of their WBA heavyweight championship bout may not be over yet after the British Boxing Board of Control confirmed they would discuss the fighter's remarks at their board meeting next month.

Haye boasted that he and his friends and family had made money from gambling in the immediate aftermath of the destruction of hapless Harrison.

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