The fight that will help to determine who is the best heavyweight in the world.
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
“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.”
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.
May the games commence!
By Chris Maylett