Waiting on a massive line that was seemingly “a mile long,” according to Bernd Bönte, Managing Director of Klitschko Management Group, German fight fans purchased 30,000 tickets for the Wladimir Klitschko vs. David Haye world heavyweight championship fight on the first day of sales today.
Wladmir will put his IBF, WBO and IBO belts on the line against the number two ranked Haye on June 20. The Schalke Stadium, a soccer venue, has a capacity of 60,000. “We are absolutely sure that the fight will be sold out very soon,” said Boente.
The Veltins-Arena is the home field of German Bundesliga 04 soccer team. “I always wanted to fight in a soccer stadium in front of such a big crowd. Now, this dream comes true,” said Klitschko. “Once I attended a Schalke match myself and since then, I have not forgotten "These fantastic fans that supported their team constantly for 90 minutes. I am sure June 20 will be an unforgettable night for all of us.”
The fight will be broadcast worldwide. In Germany, the hosting channel will be RTL, HBO will broadcast the fight in the US and Setanta covers in the UK.
Klitschko, who hails from Kiev, Ukraine and fights out of Germany, has a ring record of 52-3, with 46 victories coming by way of knockout. Haye, who is a native of London, England, has a 22-1 record with 21 KO’s.