David Haye’s heavyweight championship unification fight with Wladimir Klitschko has been confirmed to take place on July 2, at at the 57,000-capacity Imtech Arena in Hamburg, Germany.

WBA heavyweight champion Haye will lock horns with IBF/WBO heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko (55-3, 49 Ko’s) With both having put pen to paper to make the fight that the whole of boxing wants to see. 

The fight that will help to determine who is the best heavyweight in the world.


Klitschko 35, is a huge star in Germany, and the Imtech stadium is expected to be a sellout, there will surely be a partisan crowd for Haye (25-1, 23 KO’s) to contend with, but many British fans will be making the trip over the Chanel to support the Londoners bid to rule the boxing big men.

Personally, I wasn’t bothered where the fight ended up. I’d fight Wladimir anywhere, so long as the location comes with a ring and a referee that can count to ten. By the time I’ve finished with Wladimir, he won’t know where he is anyway.  David Haye

Haye 30, won his WBA version of the crown by dethroning giant Russian Nikolay Valuev in 2009 in Germany, so is well abreast at being in the away end. Since winning the title, Haye has made two successful defences of it against John Ruiz and Audley Harrison, but this is now where the serious stuff begins.

“It’s great to finally find out the date and venue,” said WBA titleholder Haye, 25-1 (23 KO) in his professional career. “I’ve been training for this fight since the end of 2010 and it’s nice to now have a concrete date to work towards.” Haye wrote on his official website www.hayemaker.com.

“Hamburg is an accessible city for a lot of British fans, so I’m expecting a huge turnout for what is undoubtedly the biggest boxing event of the year. We’re going to have an army of Brits invading Germany on July 2nd and I can’t wait to sample the atmosphere.

“I think every city in mainland Europe and beyond wanted to stage this fight, and that shows just what an appealing event it is. Personally, I wasn’t bothered where the fight ended up. I’d fight Wladimir anywhere, so long as the location comes with a ring and a referee that can count to ten. By the time I’ve finished with Wladimir, he won’t know where he is anyway.”


Haye says he plans on retiring from boxing on his 31st birthday, which is this October. But before that deadline comes around he plans to take on both of the Klitschko brothers in quick succession before riding off into the sunset.

Before Haye begins to think of giving big brother Vitali a good hiding, as he puts it, he will first have to overcome Wladimir who is unbeaten in 7 years and rated has the best of the two. It has apparently written into the contracts that Haye will fight Vitali if he beats Wladimir and if the Hayemaker does pull off task 1. Then big brother will be putting that clause into action.

But Haye has no doubts he will complete his July Hamburg mission and believes history will repeat itself and that Wladimir will freeze on the night and it will all end in tears for the Ukrainian.

“I’ve said from day one that I am Wladimir’s toughest opponent to date, and I stand by that,” said Haye. “Wladimir has a history of being knocked out by fast punchers, and I punch faster than every other heavyweight in the world. I’m also dedicated, disciplined and ambitious, unlike many of Klitschko’s previous opponents.

“I’ve got no doubt Wladimir will freeze like an iceberg when I hit him on the chin in Hamburg. He won’t know how to react, will panic, attempt to run for cover and then realise big brother Vitali is in the corner mopping up tears with a white towel.” – added Haye.

Expect a lively build up to see the summer in!

May the games commence! 


By Chris Maylett
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