Wladimir Klitschko vs. David Haye

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Jabs Klitschko Haye
Landed 105 36
Thrown 376 171
Percent 28% 21%
Power Punches Klitschko Haye
Landed 29 36
Thrown 133 119
Percent 22% 30%
Total Punches Klitschko Haye
Landed 134 72
Thrown 509 290
Percent 26% 25%

2011-07-02 : Wladimir Klitschko 242½ lbs beat David Haye 210½ lbs by UD in round 12 of 12


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  • Klitschko was the IBF, IBO, WBO and Ring Magazine Heavyweight Champion, and Haye was the WBA Heavyweight Champion. The winner would be the WBA Super World Heavyweight Champion.
  • Ring Magazine ranked Klitschko as the No. 5 pound-for-pound fighter and ranked Haye as the No. 2 heavyweight contender, one spot behind WBC Heavyweight Champion Vitali Klitschko, Wladimir's older brother.
  • Haye was scheduled to fight Klitschko on June 20, 2009, but withdrew due to a back injury. Haye asked Klitschko to delay their match until July 11, insisting that he would be okay to fight with a brief delay, but Klitschko declined. Haye was replaced on June 20 by Ruslan Chagaev, who lost to Klitschko by a ninth-round TKO. [1]
  • It appeared that Haye would face Vitali Klitschko on September 12, 2009, but before the deal was finalized, Haye signed to fight WBA Heavyweight Champion Nikolay Valuev on November 7, 2009. Haye defeated Valuev by a twelve-round majority decision. [2]
  • Klitschko was scheduled to face Dereck Chisora on December 11, 2010, but pulled out of the fight due to an abdominal injury. The fight was rescheduled for April 30, 2011, but Klitschko withdrew for a second time, saying the abdominal injury had not fully healed. The Chisora fight was not rescheduled. Instead, Klitschko signed to meet Haye on July 2, 2011.
  • In preparation for the bout, Haye primarily sparred with the 6'8" and then-unbeaten David Price.
  • Klitschko and Haye agreed to a 50-50 split of the purse, and Haye was allotted 7,000 seats at the venue. Their purses were estimated to be between €15 and €20 million ($24 and $32 million).
  • Ticket prices for the bout ranged from €50 to €1,500 ($67.99 to $2,039.70). [3]
  • HBO's Harold Lederman scored the bout 117-109 for Klitschko, and ESPN's Dan Rafael had it 118-108 in favor of Klitschko.
  • Haye blamed his poor performance on a broken pinkie toe on his right foot that he suffered three weeks before the fight. [4]

Wladimir Klitschko beats David Haye
Associated Press, July 6, 2001

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HAMBURG, Germany -- Wladimir Klitschko wanted to punish David Haye for all the trash talking he did leading up to their title fight. He settled for merely making Haye another statistic in his dominating heavyweight run.

Matched up against an opponent who didn't fight nearly as well as he talked, Klitschko dominated from the opening bell Saturday night on his way to a lopsided decision win in a fight that did not live up to its advance hype.

"He was scared to fight me," Klitschko said. "I was expecting more of a challenge in the ring, but he was super defensive."

The win was the 14th straight for Klitschko and improved his record to 17-2 in title fights. More importantly, he captured Haye's version of the heavyweight title, giving he and his brother, Vitali, all the major heavyweight title belts.

The two have long promised their mother they would never fight each other, but Vitali was in Wladimir's corner and ready to celebrate with him after the win in a rain-soaked soccer stadium in Hamburg.

"We're celebrating with my brother that we've collected all the belts in the heavyweight division," Klitschko said. "It wasn't as spectacular as I expected, but I was trying."

Haye had been expected to give Klitschko one of his most difficult fights, but he fought sparingly, seemingly afraid to take punches to the head as part of the cost of getting inside against his larger opponent. Haye blamed a broken toe suffered three weeks before the fight, taking off his shoe in the ring afterward to show it off.

"I couldn't give everything I needed to, it was really frustrating," Haye said in the ring. "I had to knock him out and unfortunately I couldn't do it."

Klitschko was never able to really knock Haye down, though the Englishman was down quite often. Haye went to the canvas repeatedly on slips and flops, and finally referee Genaro Rodriguez had enough of it and gave Haye a count when he went down in the 11th round.

Haye won only one round on one ringside judge's scorecards, though that didn't stop him from raising his hand in victory when the bell rang to end the 12th round.

All three judges gave it to Klitschko by large margins, scoring the 12-round showdown 117-109, 118-108 and 116-110.

Haye, who stirred most of the hype with often crass trash-talking, had vowed to leave Klitschko quivering on the canvas. But he never gave himself an opportunity for a knockout by spending much of the fight on the outside.

He said he could not push off on his fight foot to get to Klitschko because of the injury, though he conceded that he was facing a big, strong opponent who gave him fits. The 6-foot-6 Klitschko had a 3-inch height advantage and weighed in at 242 pounds to 213 for the 30-year-old Haye.

"It was subpar, nowhere near as good as I would have liked," Haye said. "He fought the perfect game plan for someone with my style."

Haye, a former cruiserweight champion who had held the WBA heavyweight title, had campaigned for two years for a fight against one of the Klitschko brothers and his popularity in Britain allowed him to gain a 50/50 split of the purse. But his constant trash talking clearly irritated Klitschko.

That didn't happen, either, in a fight that didn't get good until the final round, when Haye landed a right hand to the head and Klitschko came back to land a series of jabs and rights to the head of Haye.

For most of the fight, Klitschko stayed behind his feared left jab. He landed a right on Haye's chin in the fifth but Haye recovered nicely, bouncing off the ropes to stay on his feet. Still, he seemed -- like Haye -- to not want to take any unnecessary chances in the ring.

"I wished I could knock him out impressively," Klitschko said. "But I had to be smart enough to not let him have a chance."

The 35-year-old Ukrainian is now 56-3, with 49 KOs, while the Haye is 25-2, 23 KOs. The Briton's only previous loss was in 2004, when he was knocked out by countryman Carl Thompson in a cruiserweight fight.

Klitschko also hasn't lost in seven years and, together with his brother, dominates the heavyweight division.

"He's big, strong and very effective at what he does," Haye said. [5]

Pre & Post Fight Quotes

  • "I am completely recovered and I have been cleared by the doctor, so I am ready to go. I can train now, but it's early. I do will do the same preparation I always do. I'm, of course, taking this fight like any other fight --seriously. I know exactly what to expect from him and what to do with him. My game plan has not changed since I was preparing to fight him in June 2009. To me nothing has changed." - Wladimir Klitschko, April 2011 (Klitschko is referring to the abdominal injury that caused the cancellation of his title defense against Dereck Chisora)
  • "I am very happy that Haye finally dares to step into the ring with me. He already ducked out of two fights with me and Vitali and is only trash-talking and producing stupid shirts. Now he has to prove in the ring what he has got. I have been waiting for this fight for over two years. - Wladimir Klitschko, April 2011 (concerning the "stupid shirts" comment, Haye famously wore a t-shirt depicting him standing in the ring with the decapitated heads of the Klitschko brothers)
  • "I always said I would knock out Wladimir, get his belts and will then finish up his brother Vitali to end my career on the peak. Wladimir has only fought wimps and cowards so far. I will show him his limitations and what it is like to fight a real champion. That is a promise." - David Haye, April 2011 [6]
  • "He's a fraud and I'm good at exposing frauds. ... Here's my time to prove it. I'm in good shape, so for the first time he's fighting someone healthy. Normally he tries to pick people who are injured or coming off long layoffs. This time he's got a prime athlete at his peak. I believe the people he's fought make him look spectacular, from the fact that he wears big shoulder pads in his gowns to the fact that he picks the guys who fit his style perfectly. I'm not fooled by it. ... When the going gets tough, he gets going towards the canvas." - David Haye, May 2011 [7]
  • "It would be awesome to knock David Haye out and it was the same situation I've had. I've been criticized after the Ibragimov fight - I had the same situation. After three rounds David Haye basically gave up with the strategy and he was very cautious. He was very difficult to hit, same way as Ibragimov. I didn't get really challenged in the ring in the way of an offensive fight. Instead, he was like all of them, like all of my recent opponents. I would have loved to have celebrated my 50th knockout, so let me say it's a postponement." - Wladimir Klitschko after the fight [8]
  • "It was subpar, nowhere near as good as I would have liked. He fought the perfect game plan for someone with my style." - David Haye after the fight
  • "As a cruiserweight, England's Haye, 30, was a legitimate champion. At heavyweight, he has been nothing more than an overrated, loudmouthed paper titleholder whose bark turned out to be all he had -- because there was no bite. ... Instead, he was a toothless tiger, who did nothing to remotely back up his talk. Klitschko, with three inches and 30 pounds on him -- not to mention being better than Haye in every aspect of boxing, with the exception perhaps being speed -- took him apart. He jabbed, threw left hooks and right hands and moved forward throughout the fight. But Haye, who accused Klitschko of being boring, ran away the entire fight and turned in one of the most awful big-fight performances in history." - Dan Rafael in his ESPN.com post-fight report [9]

Preceded by:
Haye vs. Harrison
WBA Heavyweight Title Fight
# 94
Succeeded by:
Povetkin vs. Chagaev
Preceded by:
W. Klitschko vs. Peter II
IBF Heavyweight Title Fight
# 55
Succeeded by:
W. Klitschko vs. Mormeck
Preceded by:
W. Klitschko vs. Peter II
IBO Heavyweight Title Fight
# 31
Succeeded by:
W. Klitschko vs. Mormeck
Preceded by:
W. Klitschko vs. Peter II
WBO Heavyweight Title Fight
# 43
Succeeded by:
W. Klitschko vs. Mormeck