David Haye vs Wladimir Klitschko Preview

The fight that most people never thought would happen is on – but even after an agreement was signed some doubts still hung in the air.

A fight between David Haye and Wladimir Klitschko had been lined up in 2009 but after Haye was forced to pull out through injury, both fighters have been involved in a very public slanging match as a fight looked too difficult to sort out.    

A developing argument over ticket allocation threatened to derail the bout this time round, but now David Haye has confirmed the bout is “100% on”, the fight the heavyweight division so badly needs looks set to go ahead on 2nd July.

The unification bout will take place in Germany, something which could hand a major advantage Klitschko after the Ukrainian spent most of his time in the ring endearing himself to German fans. With a partisan crowd of 57,000 on his side in the Imtech Arena, Haye has taken a massive risk taking the fight abroad, something which could come back to haunt him.

Relations between the two camps have always been frosty at best after Haye’s continual mocking of both Klitschko brothers, meaning there is more than a little spice to this fight. Klitschko will look to use his height and reach advantage to keep Haye and his deadly “Hayemaker” out of harms way, but whether he has enough ring smarts to keep the lighting quick Haye quiet for potentially 12 rounds remains to be seen.

The Briton of course has experience of fighting bigger men after he overcame the “Beast from the East” Nikolai Valuev, and will have to use more than just his raw power to overcome the younger of the Klitschko brothers. Wladimir, somewhat unfairly has a reputation for having a glass jaw, and while he has three losses to his name and has often had to pick himself up from the canvas, his heart and determination cannot be questioned.

Haye may well prove too much for the Ukrainian, and his superior athleticism, harder hitting and relative youth should be enough to counteract the at times limited threat of Klitschko.

Having repeatedly stated his desire to reitre by the age of 31, Haye is entering the climax of his career, and a win over first Wladimir and then Vitali would give him a chance to prove he is the best heavyweight in the world right now.

He will attempt to shake off the stigma of his last fight against Audely Harrison, a contest which caused outrage amongst fans who demanded their money back after Harrison perceived lack of effort, and there is no finer way for Haye to make him the darling of British boxing once more than with a win over the lumbering, yet awkward Wladimir Klitschko.

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