Wladimir Klitschko vs. David Haye
|Date||July 2, 2011|
|Venue||Imtech Arena, Altona, Hamburg, Germany|
|Title(s) on the line||WBA (Super)/WBO/IBF/IBO/The Ring Heavyweight Championship|
|Tale of the tape|
|Klitschko defeats Haye by unanimous decision|
Wladimir Klitschko vs. David Haye was a heavyweight unification fight for the WBA (Super), WBO, IBF, IBO and The Ring heavyweight titles. The fight took place in Imtech Arena, Altona, Hamburg, Germany on July 2, 2011. Klitschko won with a unanimous points victory.
In 2008 after becoming the unified Cruiserweight champion of the world, David Haye moved up to heavyweight. Klitschko welcomed the challenge of Haye. Talks started immediately between Wladimir and Haye but came to nothing. Haye reiterated a challenge to Klitschko to fight him in 2009. In his second fight, he wanted to fight JD Chapman who he claimed was a similar style to the Klitschkos. Haye also added that the heavyweight division was scared of him. In July 2008 Wladimir Klitschko said that Haye was a possible opponent for him to fight next. Haye started to call out the Klitschkos after he knocked out Monte Barret in the 5th round in 2008. In late 2008 Haye and Vitali verbally agreed to terms to fight in the summer. However Klitschko fought mandatory challenger, Juan Carlos Gomez. Haye then turned his sights to Wladimir. In 2009 after protracted talks, Wladimir agreed to fight Haye on 20 June in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. In the build-up to that fight Klitschko labeled Haye an 'embarrassment' after Haye appeared wearing a T-shirt with the Klitschkos' severed heads. He also vowed to knock Haye out in the 12th round. Haye pulled out of the fight with a back injury, and hoped to postpone the fight until July 11. This did not happen and Haye was replaced by Ruslan Chagaev. Since then both Vitali and Wladimir had wanted to fight Haye. With Vitali wanting to have a fight with Haye in 2010 which never happened. While Haye won the WBA title after defeating Nikolay Valuev.
On 16 April 2009, Haye wore a T-shirt depicting him holding the heads of the Klitschko brothers while standing atop their decapitated bodies. At the same time, he declared a war on both the Klitschko brothers, hoping to first defeat Wladimir, then Vitali. Two press conferences were held in announcement of the fight. The first one took place in Hamburg, the second in London. There was also an HBO Face Off held in New York City. At both press conferences David Haye refused to shake Klitschko's hand. Klitschko said it was a sign of lack of respect from Haye's side. Haye said that he did not want to shake Klitschko's hand, because "he doesn't want to do what Wladimir tells him to do." He said that Klitschko is a control freak who has to know and control what his opponents do. Haye promised that he would win by knockout, that the trash talk was over and that it was down to business, which was also one of the reasons why he didn’t bring his infamous T-shirt. Klitschko asked about the T-shirt and wanted to see it. Haye again referred to Klitschko as a "control freak." Haye said that he intended to shake Klitschko's gloves when they are in the ring together, but only because it was the rules. At an interview on Sky, Haye also refused to come into the studio with Klitschko because he said he'd had enough of him, he'd seen too much of him – first in New York, then Hamburg and now in London. At the HBO Face Off, Haye said that you could feel the tension and "almost cut it with a knife". He also thought that Klitschko would punch him during the interview. Yet again Haye refused to shake Klitschko's hand.
A pre-fight news conference was held on June 27 in Hamburg. No new things were said. Haye got up and said that Klitschko was like a robot, and would malfunction on fight night. He said he was happy the fight was happening, because he was just a much better fighter. He also said that he would show a totally new game plan and would not fight like he had done in his other fights. Haye proclaimed that you could play his new iPhone game David Haye's knockout, where you could see what would happen on July 2. Haye's trainer Adam Booth got up to the microphone and only said: "Enjoy", and gave the word to Klitschko's trainer Emanuel Steward. Steward said it was a big fight and he was very happy. He said that he would rate it as the 2nd biggest, only behind Lennox Lewis vs. Mike Tyson. Klitschko said that he did not like Haye's attitude and that he would give him a lesson. He said he respected him as a fighter but not as a person. He promised to knock Haye out and that it would be good for Haye as a person. Vitali Klitschko wanted Haye to promise to be at the post press conference in front of everybody. Haye promised and said that Vitali should promise the same and not go with Wladimir to the ambulance after Haye had knocked him out. There was a scuffle and some punches between the two teams at the staredown, where Klitschko's manager Bernard Bönte wanted to end the staredown early (the previous occasion, it had lasted almost three minutes).
On 29 June, a public training session was held at a Mercedes Benz showroom in Hamburg, Germany. The two fighters showed off some skills and punches, while Adam Booth made a short parody on Klitschko.
The Haye camp protested the choice of Gino Rodriguez as referee for the fight, because Rodriguez had refereed some of Klitschko's other fights (including his loss to Corrie Sanders). The WBA Sanctioning Bodies then voted for the referee, resulting in favour of Rodriguez.
The weigh in for the fight took place on 1 July in Hamburg. Wladimir Klitschko weighed in at 243 lbs (110 kg). David Haye weighed in at 213 lbs (96 kg)  The weigh in took place at Karstadt Sporthaus, Lange Mühren 14, 20095 – Hamburg.
David Haye released a controversial iPhone game, developed by Grubby Hands. The game allows players to decapitate an anonymous Russian heavyweight. A huge controversy was caused by this stunt, especially when David wore a T-shirt showing a decapitated Klitschko at a press conference to promote it.
Klitschko won with a unanimous points victory (118–108, 117–109, 116–110), successfully defending the IBF, IBO, WBO and The Ring heavyweight titles, as well as winning the WBA (Super) heavyweight title. The fight was similar to Klitschko's 2008 win against Sultan Ibragimov with Wladimir winning nearly every round, most were won only by his jab and only occasionally unleashing his right hand on his opponent. Haye won only two rounds because he managed to out punch Wladimir in rounds 3 and 12 but was unable to keep it up to win more rounds, or catch Wladimir on the chin. Neither fighter seemed to want to trade punches but Klitschko was content with that and utilized his jab to keep Haye at a comfortable distance.
Haye revealed afterwards that he had a broken toe on his right foot, and claimed that it had hindered his game plan for the fight as he felt he was unable to jump out at Klitschko like he had previously in his career. Haye was subject to much derision and ridicule from within the boxing community and fans after citing his toe as part of the reason why he lost. Despite this Klitschko claims that Haye was unable to fight because he was just too good for him.
On 6 October, Klitschko announced his next fight. It was originally to be on 10 December 2011 against the former cruiserweight champion, French Jean-Marc Mormeck. The fight would have had taken place at Esprit Arena, Düsseldorf. It was to be Wladimir's first title defense of the WBA (Super) belt he had won against Haye. However, on 5 December, the fight was cancelled because Wladimir checked into a hospital to have a kidney stone removed. After the removal operation he suffered from fever and inflammation. The fight was rescheduled for 3 March 2012.
On 13 October, Haye announced his retirement from boxing. He stuck to his plans, as he before had said that he would not box after his 31st birthday. However, Vitali Klitschko was in negotiations for a possible bout with former WBA Heavyweight title holder Haye on March 3, 2012.
Haye came out of retirement to fight Derek Chisora in a bout sanctioned by the Luxembourg Boxing Federation in London on 14 July 2012, Haye defeated Chisora by knockout in the 5th Round.
- BoxRec Boxing Records. Boxrec.com. Retrieved on 2011-06-17.
- Boxing – Klitschko-Haye in Hamburg. Fightnews.com (2011-04-20). Retrieved on 2011-06-17.
- Boxen | Klitschko | Haye. RTL.de. Retrieved on 2011-06-17.
- "Klitschko comprehensively settles score with Haye". ESPN. 2 July 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
- Dirs, Ben. (2008-03-09) Awesome Haye stops Maccarinelli. BBC News. Retrieved on 2011-06-17.
- BBC SPORT | Boxing | Haye looks to heavyweight debut. BBC News (2008-03-09). Retrieved on 2011-06-17.
- BBC SPORT | Boxing | Klitschko welcomes Haye challenge. BBC News (2008-03-27). Retrieved on 2011-06-17.
- Dirs, Ben. (2008-04-25) BBC SPORT | Boxing | Klitschko rules out Haye showdown. BBC News. Retrieved on 2011-06-17.
- BBC SPORT | Boxing | Haye reignites Klitschko ambition. BBC News (2008-05-27). Retrieved on 2011-06-17.
- BBC SPORT | Boxing | Opponent no-show frustrates Haye. BBC News (2008-09-16). Retrieved on 2011-06-17.
- BBC SPORT | Boxing | Heavyweights scared of me – Haye. BBC News (2008-09-02). Retrieved on 2011-06-17.
- BBC SPORT | Boxing | Klitschko hints at Haye defence. BBC News (2008-07-13). Retrieved on 2011-06-17.
- Dirs, Ben. (2008-11-16) BBC SPORT | Boxing | Haye targets Klitschko brothers. BBC News. Retrieved on 2011-06-17.
- Dirs, Ben. (2008-12-15) BBC SPORT | Boxing | Klitschko camp confirm Haye fight. BBC News. Retrieved on 2011-06-17.
- BBC SPORT | Boxing | Vitali Klitschko opts for Gomez. BBC News (2009-01-09). Retrieved on 2011-06-17.
- BBC SPORT | Boxing | Haye targets Wladimir Klitschko. BBC News (2009-01-08). Retrieved on 2011-06-17.
- BBC SPORT | Boxing | Haye offers Klitschko German bout. BBC News (2009-02-16). Retrieved on 2011-06-17.
- Davies, Gareth A. (2009-04-02) David Haye set for heavyweight rumble with Wladimir Klitschko on June 20. Telegraph. Retrieved on 2011-06-17.
- Dirs, Ben. (2009-04-20) BBC SPORT | Boxing | Haye 'an embarrassment to boxing'. BBC News. Retrieved on 2011-06-17.
- BBC SPORT | Boxing | Klitschko predicts Haye knockout. BBC News (2009-04-16). Retrieved on 2011-06-17.
- David Haye's world title challenge in limbo as Wladimir Klitschko finds new opponent | Sport | The Observer. Guardian. Retrieved on 2011-06-17.
- Wladimir Klitschko replaces injured David Haye with Ruslan Chagaev for June 20 fight – ESPN. Sports.espn.go.com (2009-06-06). Retrieved on 2010-10-11.
- BBC SPORT | Boxing | Haye & Klitschko target showdown. BBC News (2009-11-08). Retrieved on 2011-06-17.
- Dirs, Ben. (2009-11-07) BBC SPORT | Boxing | Haye shocks Valuev to take title. BBC News. Retrieved on 2011-06-17.
- Wilson, Steve. (2009-04-16) David Haye declares war on Vladimir and Vitali Klitschko. Telegraph. Retrieved on 2011-09-18.
- Wladimir Klitschko won't be his usual cautious self against me – he'll go to war, insists David Haye. The Daily Record (2011-04-28). Retrieved on 2011-09-18.
- Wladimir Klitschko David Haye press conference LONDON. YouTube (2011-05-10). Retrieved on 2011-09-18.
- Wladimir Klitschko David Haye press conference HAMBURG. YouTube (2011-05-09). Retrieved on 2011-09-18.
- Ringside: Haye/Klitschko Special 1/3. YouTube (2011-05-12). Retrieved on 2011-09-18.
- HBO Face Off – Wladimir Klitschko vs David Haye. YouTube. Retrieved on 2011-09-18.
- App Store – David Haye's Knockout. Itunes.apple.com (2011-07-09). Retrieved on 2011-09-18.
- Wladimir Klitschko V David Haye Hamburg Final Press Conference. YouTube. Retrieved on 2011-09-18.
- Emanuel Steward – Haye vs Klitschko Final Press Conference. YouTube (2011-06-27). Retrieved on 2011-09-18.
- Watch Klitschko vs Haye Knockout Fight!. YouTube (2011-06-28). Retrieved on 2011-09-18.
- Vitali Klitschko at Wlad – Haye Presser. YouTube (2011-06-28). Retrieved on 2011-09-18.
- Wladimir Klitschko Vs. David Haye Final Stare Down 2011. YouTube. Retrieved on 2011-09-18.
- Wladimir Klitschko – David Haye Staredown (Hamburg, 09.05.2011). YouTube (2011-05-09). Retrieved on 2011-09-18.
- "Photos: Wladimir Klitschko and David Haye Final Workouts – Boxing News". Boxingscene.com. Retrieved 2012-01-02.
- Adam Booth parodies Wladimir Klitschko at David Haye Open Workout. YouTube (2011-06-29). Retrieved on 2011-09-18.
- "WBA: Sanctioning Bodies Voted on Haye-Klitschko Ref – Boxing News". Boxingscene.com. Retrieved 2012-01-02.
- Haye giving away 30lbs. Sky Sports (2011-07-04). Retrieved on 2011-09-18.
- Official Weigh-in: Wladimir Klitschko vs. David Haye. Facebook. Retrieved on 2011-09-18.
- Making games with grubby hands. GrubbyHands.com. Retrieved on 2011-09-18.
- Jackson, Jamie (2012-01-18). "Dereck Chisora ridicules David Haye bid to fight Vitali Klitschko". The Guardian. London.
- Bakowski, Gregg (2 July 2011). "David Haye v Wladimir Klitschko – as it happened". Guardian. London. Retrieved 4 July 2011.
- Davies, Gareth A (2 July 2011). "Wladimir Klitschko breaks David Haye's resolve to become undisputed heavyweight champion of the world". Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 4 July 2011.
- Home: Official Website of Vitali & Wladimir Klitschko. Klitschko.com. Retrieved on 2011-11-25.
- "BBC Sport - Wladimir Klitschko pulls out of Jean-Marc Mormeck fight". BBC News. 2011-12-05. Retrieved 2012-01-02.
- "Fight Wladimir vs. Mormeck rescheduled!: Official Website of Vitali & Wladimir Klitschko". Klitschko.com. 2011-12-07. Retrieved 2012-01-02.
- Mike Costello, BBC boxing commentator (2011-10-13). "BBC Sport - Former world champion David Haye retires from boxing". BBC News. Retrieved 2012-01-02.
- "BBC Sport - David Haye confirms Vitali Kiltschko fight talks". BBC News. 2011-11-28. Retrieved 2012-01-02.
- Sheehan, Pat (2011-11-30). "David Haye could fight Vitali Klitschko in March | The Sun |Sport|Boxing". London: The Sun. Retrieved 2012-01-02.
- Davies, Gareth A (2011-11-30). "David Haye has a deal on the table to go ahead and fight WBC world heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko next year". London: Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-01-02.
vs. Samuel Peter
|Wladimir Klitschko's bouts
July 2, 2011
vs. Jean-Marc Mormeck
vs. Audley Harrison
|David Haye's bouts
July 2, 2011
vs. Dereck Chisora