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Klitschko trainer Banks: Wladimir v Haye II can happen, Fury too

Phil Jay 25/05/2013

Heavyweight contender and current coach to the dominant world champion Wladimir Klitschko, Johnathon Banks has exclusively told WBN that he believes a second fight with David Haye is possible.

Four-belt champion Klitschko, 37, defeated 32 year-old Haye in July 2011, taking his WBA belt in the process and all indications had previously pointed to a lack of interest on the part of the Ukrainian in giving the Brit another chance.

WBC number two Banks, who took over Klitschko’s corner following the tragic death of Emanuel Steward, is now open to a return after Haye announced his intention to prolong his career and earn his chance at a title belt.

‘Dr. Steelhammer’ is currently in talks to face Alexander Povetkin in his next outing after a huge $23.2million bid was laid down by promoter Vlad Hrunov and Banks has even suggested that Tyson Fury could be in the mix once that fight is out of the way.

“Everything in the future is open, we just have to see how the Povetkin fight goes,” Banks told World Boxing News.

“The Fury fight is possible and if David Haye can work his way back to a mandatory title shot, I believe that Wladimir would be willing to fight him again.”

The ‘Hayemaker’ is currently recovering from a hand injury that prevented him making his comeback against Manuel Charr this summer, with the clash set to be rescheduled for later in the year, according to trainer Adam Booth.

A victory would certainly boost the Briton up the rankings, although Banks himself and Bermane Stiverne are currently better placed to earn a championship fight and Haye would probably be looking at 2014 for his shot.