Reports from various news outlets, including the Guardian and SecondsOut, are surfacing saying that David Haye has offered Wladimir Klitschko a 50-50 split in order to secure a matchup with the vaunted Ukrainian heavyweight champion before Haye's presumptive retirement date in October of 2011.
The long-delayed Haye-Klitschko matchup seems to be a much more likely possibility than on past occasions when negotiations seemed finalized, but fell apart amid further bargaining or reported injuries.
Then, there was a disagreement about the desired splits, but the 50-50 seems likely to satisfy both sides.
If Wladimir, who recently was forced to pull out of a recently scheduled fight with Dereck Chisora due to a torn abdominal muscle, does sign to fight Haye, it will likely be the biggest Heavyweight fight in years and the immediate result will be to push Klitschko-Chisora to the backburner.
Haye has taken the heavyweight division by storm and has been heralded for the past several years as the potential saving grace for the flagging division that was once boxing's trademark weight class.
However, Haye has long stated that he plans to retire upon his 31st birthday in October of 2011. According to the Guardian report, he wants to face both Klitschkos before his retirement, which means the clock is ticking and the fights need to take place soon.
Some potential roadblocks to the fight still exist.
First, Wladimir Klitschko has to agree to the terms offered by Haye.
Secondly, there is the question of venue: Klitschko fights most of his bouts in Germany, whereas Haye would probably prefer to have the fight in the UK, perhaps at Wembley Stadium.
There is an outside possibility of the fight taking place at another venue, but it seems likely that Germany or England will host the fight.
Finally, there is the question of Wladimir's physical condition: He recently had to pull out of the Chisora fight because of a serious abdominal tear and will need to recuperate and then complete training before a bout takes place.
Given the short time window for the fight, this is a substantial consideration.
Some quotes from the SecondsOut article:
"We have now ticked every box they have asked us to tick and I just hope Wladimir is as eager to fight as he tells everyone he is," Haye said. "We have removed every possible excuse and have shown we are serious about making this fight become a reality.
"I only pray Wladimir is as serious as we are because this fight needs to happen for the good of the sport."
Booth chipped in by stating: "We are now perfectly positioned to get together and make this fight with Wladimir Klitschko.
"We have sorted out all the old problems and disagreements and are ready to sign the deal."
"David and I are happy to split the entire pot 50-50 and grant Wladimir the deal he has wanted since day one. We have offered them 50-50 on everything - just as they requested - and now see no reason why this tremendous fight can’t happen. The path is clear."