Months of negotiations have come to an end and the highly expected heavyweight fight is determined: IBF, WBO and IBO Champion Wladimir Klitschko of the Ukraine, 52-3 (46), will defend his titles against David Haye, 22-1 (21), of London on June 20.
Bernd Bönte, Managing Director of Klitschko Management Group: said, "I am glad that these extremely difficult and long negotiations are over and we are able to present the fight that boxing fans all over the world want to see.
"Both Wladimir and David are known as superb punchers and a fight over 12 rounds will be very unlikely to happen. It is going to be an unforgettable spectacle. The venue of the fight will be announced soon.“
Both opponents met several times at public events before showing their rivalry. 28-year-old Haye used every possibility to attack Klitschko. Recently, he posed with Wladimir’s cut off head in an English lifestyle magazine.
Wladimir Klitschko said,"I am used to being attacked by my opponents before a fight. But David is top of the list of crudity. He has to pay the bill for it and I promise it will be painful.“
"Klitschko’s last opponents were cowards," said Haye. "I will knock him out and take his belts to my hometown London. And that is not all: I will also go and get Vitali’s belt! None of them can stop me. The new world heavyweight champion will soon be David Haye!“
Haye was the dominating figure in the cruiserweight division in recent years, holding the WBC, WBA and WBO titles. Haye won his first two heavyweight fights without going the full distance. Last November, he stopped former world title challenger Monte Barrett in the fifth.
Wladimir Klitschko vs. Davi Haye will be broadcasted worldwide. In Germany, the hosting channel will be RTL, while HBO will show the fight in the US and Setanta covers in England.