Wladimir Klitschko vs. David Haye

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July 2011 cover of The Ring Magazine
Official Fight Poster

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


  • Wladimir Klitschko 55-3 (49 KOs) vs. David Haye 25-1 (23 KOs)
  • Klitschko entered as the # 5 pound-for-pound fighter and # 1 heavyweight in the world according to The Ring Magazine. Haye, a 1.75/1 betting underdog [1], was ranked as the # 3 heavyweight by the same publication. [2]
  • Haye had signed to fight Wladimir in June 2009, but pulled out shortly before the fight. Later in 2009, he negotiated a deal with Vitali Klitschko, but did not sign the contract he had agreed to and instead secretly negotiated to face Nikolay Valuev, the titleholder Haye eventually outpointed to claim the WBA Heavyweight Title. [3]
  • In preparation for the bout, Haye primarily sparred with the 6'8 and then-unbeaten David Price. [4]
  • Klitschko and Haye agreed to a 50-50 split of the purse and Haye was allotted 7000 seats at the venue.[5]
  • Ticket prices for the bout ranged from 50-1500 Euros. [6]
  • HBO's Harold Lederman scored the bout 117-109 and ESPN's Dan Rafael 118-108; both in favor of Klitschko.
CompuBox Punchstats
Total Punches Klitschko Cotto
Landed 134 72
Thrown 509 290
Pct. 26% 25%

Bout Summary

  • Wladimir Klitschko scored a one-sided twelve round unanimous decision over cautious WBA champion David Haye. Haye stayed mostly on the outside, occasionally jumping in with single shots while Klitschko pressed the action and was busier in every round, out-landing his opponent (by Compubox) 11 of the 12 rounds. Klitschko was deducted a point by Geno Rodriguez for pushing down Haye in round eight, Rodriguez gave Haye a count after he went down in the eleventh.

Pre & Post Fight Quotes

  • "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... 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 in the pre-fight buildup. (Concerning the "stupid shirts", Haye wore a t-shirt famously depicting himself standing in the ring with the decapitated heads of Klitschko and his older brother, fellow heavyweight titleholder Vitali Klitschko. [7]
  • "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 in the pre-fight buildup [8]

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